Chicago Bears seventh-round pick Greg McCoy of TCU plans to contribute on special teams as a rookie. The 5-10, 181-pound cornerback/kick returner started 39 games for the Horned Frogs and was named Mountain West Special Player of the Year after his senior season.
During his career at Texas Christian, McCoy amassed 1,505 return yards, three touchdowns, 92 tackles and 17 pass break ups. McCoy ranked sixth in the nation on kickoff returns last year, averaging 30.6 yards per return, as well as two touchdowns, on 30 bring backs.
McCoy hails from Dallas where he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He majored in Communications at TCU and is considering an eventual career in broadcasting or sports journalism.
He signed a four-year contract with the Bears and is adjusting to life on the field at Halas Hall.
CB Greg McCoy
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"It's crazy to be here finally, but crazy in a great way," McCoy said today after the club's first rookie minicamp practice. "I loved draft weekend because I always had faith that I'd be selected. I had some contact with the Bears organization all through the pre-draft process, so I hoped perhaps they would consider drafting me.
"It's not easy to sit through the rounds hearing everybody's name called but your own, but I was able to stay calm and remain focused. It all paid off in the end. When that call came, I was ecstatic. It had to have been one of the happiest moments of my life.
"There's not that much time to sit back and reflect once you have been drafted. You need to start organizing things right away. I'd never been to Chicago so I knew that would be a new experience. But I am familiar with large urban areas since I grew up in Dallas.
"I have no time now to look around at the area, but when I am all relocated, I plan to spend time getting to know the city and the fans.
"One question I had from the media was whether I was concerned about the competition I would be facing here in the NFL. It's probably realistic to be concerned, but I prefer to remain confident. TCU may not face BCS-type opponents every week, but it's a well-grounded program that teaches its players what they need to know to succeed in this sport.
"If I am asked what characterizes the football program at my college, I say that it is the number of smart players. We are taught to be a step ahead of everybody else on the field, mentally. If you can out think your opponent, more often than not you will come out ahead of him. We also learned the value of study and hard work. I think this training will serve me well not only in the NFL but in life after football.
"Where do I see myself fitting in with the Bears? Well, of course I am not really in control of that at this point. I go where they tell me to go. But what I think I bring is speed and the ability to follow the ball through a play.
"I love to do kick returns, so if I get an opportunity there on special teams, I'd be really happy.
"It's been an experience here so far. After all, making it to the NFL is every college player's dream.
"We've been amazingly busy since we all arrived, between meetings and on-field time. There's been no time at all to think about what is going on. I'm sure by the end of the weekend, I'll look back and savor every aspect of this experience."
Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.