Joshua Fisher is a warrior both on and off the field. On the field, he may be undersized at 5’10 165 pounds, but he plays bigger than his size. He is capable of bringing the boom when he comes up against the run. He never panics as he sticks to receivers in man coverage and he is sly in zone as he makes quarterbacks believe there is an open window in his vicinity. When Fisher presses, he uses a good blend of physical jabs to match his anticipatory skills. Off the field, it has been an uphill battle since he was eight years old.
“I was adopted as a kid and grew up in Cedar Hill, TX to the two best parents I could ask for. My dad passed away when I was eight and the same for my mom after my freshman season. I had to up and leave Texas to come stay with my brother and his family out in California,” he said.
Fisher left a school that was, at the time, ranked first in the nation in Texas to join a team in California, King High School in Riverside, that didn’t take football as serious as him. Also, the coaching staff was not one that helped their players get to the next level. This was something that bothered the Cedar Hill native as he watched some of his friends back home get Division 1 offers. These were offers he felt like he deserved as he was stuck with a D2 offer from Western New Mexico. Most guys would have taken the offer or just quit football altogether. Instead, he gambled on himself and went the junior college, juco, route at Fullerton.
Fullerton was a hour away from where he lived, but that hour in travelling can turn into two hours living in Los Angeles. To make matters worse, Fisher didn’t own a car, so he was carpooling with a friend of his until conflicting schedules brought that arrangement to an end. He had to start waking up and taking the train to Fullerton at 5am and he wouldn’t get home until nearly 9pm with his homework still undone. In the middle of his day, he would be going to class, practice, meetings, and taking naps to fill in the gaps in his day.
Fisher’s main reason for being in school was to play on the gridiron. He wanted to go D1 like any player at the two-year level, but he did not know what it took to be a D1-caliber player. He noted that the players at community colleges like East Mississippi and Arizona Western get more help than other schools at that level. The players at those schools have housing, meal plans, and other luxuries that aren’t made available at every junior college. He described the situation at Fullerton.
“The guys on my team are coming from the opposite side of the country, taking out loans, have no food, getting evicted, and are staying in studios,” stated the corner. “It’s no joke for real and that juco route really opened my eyes and showed me what it takes.”
With coaches continuously overlooking him because of his size, Fisher has a big chip on his shoulder. In addition, the odds were stacked against him at Fullerton as there were 17 defensive backs, which forced him to be nothing more than a rotation player at the position. Still, he never used the field as a place to display his anger. The corner uses the field as an opportunity to paint a picture. His mother couldn’t come to his games as she had cancer. Fisher knows both his parents are watching from heaven, so he tries to put on a show for them. For that reason, football is a gift and an opportunity to write his future.
Fisher’s efforts at Fullerton earned him a scholarship to Alabama State. He earned an offer from the Hornets on the night of his birthday in a direct message from coach Gary Howard. However, he didn’t commit until he took a trip to Montgomery during his vacation visiting family in Mississippi.
Fisher illustrated, “It wasn’t until I sat down with the head coach when I knew I wanted to commit. Coach [Donald Hill] Eley solidified that moment for me right in his office. He’s really a wise man and the things he said felt like it was a sign from God. I know it was a sign from God.”
Fisher is now getting ready for the upcoming season at Alabama State by working out and trying to gain weight. In addition, he is studying the playbook and making sure he is ready for his big moment when the time comes. He has his eyes set on getting on the field by any means and if everything goes his way he wants to get a pick six against Auburn. Lastly, he wants to help his team win their conference. With everything that he has endured in life, he has one word to describe him.
“I would use the word humble to describe me. I play with so much on my shoulders. I’ve been through so much and yet God has still found a way to bless me. Any adversity thrown my way will never prevail and I can promise you that,” stated the future Hornet.
Fisher might be humble, but he his perseverance has made him stand out. That is why he continues to ascend while his doubters turn into believers.