Texas Retires McCoy's Jersey

In this me-first time in athletics, the age of fist pumps and look-at-me posturing, it seems like everybody has a nickname.

Colt McCoy, for all his skill and precision in operating the Longhorn offense, never had a nickname. That wouldn't have been the style for a player who called himself "humbled" after getting his jersey retired Saturday, and who spent the entire press conference talking about what it meant for his teammates and his family.

"I never really thought about it for me," McCoy said.

Instead, he thought about his teammates and coaches, saying "I couldn't have done anything without those guys. I'm just very thankful."

To not talk about his own ability was refreshing, but unneeded. Good quarterbacks have 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratios. McCoy's was closer to 3-1 for his whole career. He completed better than 70 percent of his passes in each of his last two seasons, setting the NCAA accuracy mark as a junior.

But most importantly, he won games. Under McCoy's guidance, Texas won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, winning 45 games overall. That included a sparkling 25-2 record his last two seasons, with just one loss in conference play.

"The most special thing was how we won games," McCoy said. "When I see my name up there I think about coach (Mack) Brown and coach (Greg) Davis grilling me, yelling at me, making sure I would be prepared for everything that would come my way."

In a large part because of that winning, McCoy became the sixth player in program history to have his jersey retired Saturday.

Now that McCoy has left, the Longhorns have found wins harder to come by, sitting at 4-4 after eight games. That's more games than McCoy lost in any of his four seasons, and exactly half as many losses as he accumulated in his four-year career.

"A lot of people have been giving them advice on what they should do, how they should play," he said. "I told them to just play. Remember, it's just football. No matter what anybody says or writes, it's just football."

McCoy was an excellent football player. But more than that, McCoy was able to use football as a tool to inspire fans and reach others through his private community service works. For that, I think we can issue him a nickname of his own: "The Winner."

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