Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Faith of Colt

I didn't have time to prepare a Bible study today, so I thought I would share this article about Colt McCoy (the quarterback of my beloved Longhorns) that I found in WORLD magazine.

With more than 100 times the population of his home town watching from the stands of the University of Phoenix Stadium, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy calmly engineered an 11-play, 78-yard Fiesta Bowl winning drive early this month. Then, he deflected glory to his maker: "I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ; without Him, none of this would be possible," he told the crowd during the postgame awards ceremony.

Such religious deference is nothing new for the Longhorns star, who grew up in the Christian faith in Tuscola, Texas (population 725), and remains grounded in simplicity despite his widespread acclaim. McCoy once told reporters asking if he drinks that yes he does, "but only milk and water."

That straight-edged approach to life has served the redshirt junior well. A similar attitude on the football field has proved equally beneficial. McCoy's surprising letdown a season ago, when he threw 18 interceptions and saw the Longhorns slip from BCS contention, stemmed largely from too much complexity in the Texas offense. A return to the modest playbook of his redshirt freshman season proved a ready salve.

McCoy threw for 3,859 yards this year, completing 76.5 percent of his passes and tossing 34 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions. He also rushed for a team-leading 579 yards, including a 14-yard scoring scamper in the Fiesta Bowl to give Texas a third-quarter lead.

The numbers are among the best in college football history and bear striking resemblance to another evangelical straight shooter of the gridiron, Florida's Tim Tebow. The pair of college play callers posted near identical quarterback ratings for the season en route to BCS glory. They likewise mirror one another in using their respective public platforms for professions of Christian faith—and dealing with the attendant mockery such statements often bring.

For McCoy, the sports blogosphere greeted his post-Fiesta Bowl remarks with stiff admonitions that he keep his faith to himself. One commenter labeled him a "Bible-thumping weirdo." Such reaction was not unlike that which followed Tebow's Jesus-lauding acceptance speech of his Heisman Trophy a year ago. Neither man seems much concerned with the rancor—a trait as much worth cheering as double-threat quarterback skills.

1 comment:

Clint said...

I do believe that Mr. McCoy is a good Church of Christ boy.

I have heard a rumor that quite a few of those COC fellows (and fellerettes) have found the true, ancient and Apostolic Church.

It is nice to see young men acknowledge their love for God, whatever their background.