After Simms was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the last pick of the third round of the 2003 draft, Chance Mock looked to be next in line to man the quarterback position for the Longhorns.
After a tremendous 11-touchdown, zero interception start in the first five games of 2003, many were predicting big things for Mock, but the shadow of Vince Young was also looming. In fact, Vince Young did take over that starting position after the Oklahoma game, and the rest truly was historic.
"You have to find the silver lining in everything. I was blessed to have the opportunity to play for the University of Texas," Mock told Burnt Orange Beat.
Since he left the University, Mock has played in the now-defunct Arena League and returned to UT to finish his degree. He has also worked in the financial services industry, but Mock may have now found his calling. He started his own company called Mox Gear which specializes in t-shirts, embroidery, and ad specialty items.
"I never wanted to work for anyone else. I always wanted to work for myself. My mom has been doing it (t-shirts, embroidery, etc.) for 18 years in the Woodlands. It was something I knew and I was comfortable with it, so it was a perfect fit," Mock said.
The name Mox Gear is obviously a play off of his name and he knows that his name is still known in Austin for his play on the field.
"You are only relevant for so long so I figured I would play off my name while some people still remember who I was," Mock kidded.
The company, which launched in January, has been specializing in providing t-shirts and polo shirts for several real estate companies in the Austin market as well as several local children's charities. In fact, Mox Gear actually did the uniforms for the Michael Huff NFL Celebrity Basketball Game.
Many people might be scared to start a business in this economic client, but Mock, trusting his instincts and maintaining his positive outlook, thinks it is the perfect time to take the risk of business ownership.
"It (the business) has been phenomenal. So many people are scared about the economy, I see it as an opportunity (to start a business)," Mock said.
In addition to starting his new business, Mock is currently expecting a little boy named Cash with his wife in early May.
With a little one on the way, this summer will be a busy one as Mock still works tirelessly on the Cole Pittman Foundation golf tournament that will be held in July for his fallen friend and teammate. In fact, Mock still says his favorite memory of his college career is the UNC game when Texas scored 44 points during the game that the University remembered Cole Pittman and his family at the game. Pittman wore #44 for the Longhorns.
When asked how he would like to be remembered, Mock said, "Remember me as a guy that loved this school. I loved being a part of it and I gave it everything I had."
Chance Mock File
The Woodlands High School
Elite 11 participant
Consensus National 100 recruit
Parade All-American (1999)
Picked Texas over Texas A&M (primarily)
Played in 28 games and started 6 at QB (4-2 record as starter)
Finished his career with 17 passing TDs and just 2 INTs