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Whether you are a fan of the Texas Longhorns or not, take a moment and tip your cap to Colt McCoy for showing his moral fiber, by giving a message of hope in the face of great turmoil.

The senior quarterback, unaccustomed to losing, showed humility in defeat, praising Alabama for playing a heck of a game, without making excuses despite a shoulder injury which drove him from the game in the first quarter. All this from a guy who had until that point, refrained from missing any significant time due to injury since taking over as the full-time starter in 2006.

McCoy fought back tears Thursday night and made a gutsy statement, by proclaiming to ESPN’s Lisa Salters and the rest of the nation, that even in defeat, he believes in God’s plan. When asked how it felt to watch his team lose on the big stage without him, McCoy stumbled and stammered over his thoughts longer than it takes Usain Bolt to run 100 meters, before finally gaining a moment of clarity and telling the world exactly what he would have given to get back out there and compete. It was only then that he had the strength to make a bold proclamation:

“I always give God the glory, I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life, and I know that nothing else… I’m standing on the rock.”

Those brief, few sentences, taking only about ten seconds to utter, may not have seemed like much; but McCoy could have easily steered clear of the spiritual reference, based on the question Salters asked.

The reporter simply inquired what it was like to watch the last game — with the implication being that it must have been extra tough doing so during a spirit-crushing title defeat — of his collegiate career from the sideline. He could have easy replied, “It was tough and I really wanted to get back out there and be the difference maker that a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist like myself should be.”

But he didn’t. He instead chose to acknowledge the significance in taking in the bad, along with the good. McCoy has had an incredible four-year run most athletes only dream of. One loss won’t erase the things he has been able to accomplish in that time.

Not only did McCoy look to the Heavens for support, praising the rock on which his life stands, but he relinquished control, in front of millions, with millions on the line.

QBs are PAID to be headstrong, always confident and in control of every single mundane detail. Wins and losses, team morale, play-calling, reading defenses, pass precision, unwavering footwork; all with expectations of excellence. Ultimate leaders. It doesn’t get more controlling than that.

McCoy is no exception to the rule. Especially with an NFL draft to worry about. The young prospect literally put money on the line when admitting that a high power controls his life. A franchise aims to eliminate all doubts when evaluating whether or not to invest into a potential first rounder, a player who by all means will become the face of their team in time.

Vince Young got reamed by his Wonderlic score. How do you think this could backfire on McCoy, should a scout or two decide the athletic QB doesn’t quite have his head on straight?

Of course, workouts still tend to rule the day, so by coming out firing at the combine, McCoy could easily erase the doubts pertaining to his ability to maintain the highest level of control, or at least making it a moot point.

But McCoy’s stand-of-faith isn’t just indicative of his decision making ability, it’s also a marketing factor for teams.

As quickly as you can, name the first football stars that come to mind when thinking about Christianity…

I’m willing to bet you came up with the names Kurt Warner and Tim Tebow.

Other than both being high profile QBs with a knack for winning, they are each tied together for being two most frequent players to be mocked based on their outspoken faith. Warner and Tebow haven’t been shy of sharing their purposes for being placed on this Earth, and their purposes haven’t been based on throwing a ball around.

And they have been CRUSHED because of it. One has to figure it’s affected their ultimate marketability in a big way. Now McCoy subjects himself to the same mockery.

Only I get the feeling public scorn will have little effect on him. McCoy has too much class and integrity for that to happen.

The kid stays grounded in the good times by the same thing that he relies on for strength in the bad:

His rock.

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