by Ryan Peterson
His teammates call him GI Joe.
"He likes to end every sentence in sir," S.F.A. linebacker Andy Anderson says.
"Yes sir, that's true," S.F.A. junior linebacker Joe Savoie says. "I'm straight yes sir and no sir."
"You can definitely tell he's been in the Army," Anderson adds.
Joe Savoie has been all he can be.
"I just figured it was the toughest thing I could put myself through," Savoie says. "I really liked the aspect of the challenge that West Point presents you."
Two years at West Point was enough. Savoie decided he wanted to end his football career somewhere else. The S.F.A. Lumberjacks were in need a few good men. They found a really good one.
"Joe's just a real disciplined guy," S.F.A. head coach J.C. Harper says. "He works hard everyday and is a leader. We respect what he does."
The move from West Point to Nacodoches felt a little strange to Savoie.
"I can grow my hair out," he says. "I don't have shave every morning, my bed doesn't have to made and my shoes don't have to be shined."
His shoes don't shine, but his play does. In his first year on the defensive side of the football, Savoie has become a starting linebacker. He made a game clinching interception in Saturday's win over Nicholls State.
"When I caught my first touchdown pass that was amazing," Savoie says. "But I tell you what, intercepting a pass and return it for a touchdown, that was big. That was the highlight of my career."