Faith, friends, football: Dad says UT quarterback McCoy, teammates put God first
His son has always taken care of himself physically and spiritually and has talked with others at Fellowship of Christian Athletes events and at Camp Blue Haven in New Mexico about doing the same, Brad McCoy said.
“God has blessed him with tremendous athletic ability, and he has always done his best to give God the glory for that,” he said of Colt, who was baptized at 13 by his grandfather. “We feel like God is blessing him and our family now.”
This isn’t the first time the Shipley and McCoy names have shared space on a team roster, yet the ties between these families go deeper than this football season: Brad McCoy and Jordan Shipley’s father, Bob Shipley, were roommates and teammates at Abilene Christian University.
The two older men kept their friendship alive while coaching high school football in towns across Texas. Colt and Jordan’s friendship formed when they were in fifth and sixth grade, respectively. Brad McCoy was coaching in Hamlin, Bob Shipley in Rotan.
Both boys quickly found that they shared similar interests. Church, of course. Good grades. Also hunting and fishing. And football, always football.
“We never dreamed history would repeat itself, though,” Brad McCoy said, laughing. “Bob was a running back and I was a receiver – totally different than our kids.”
Jordan Shipley graduated from Burnet High School, setting all sorts of state records for catches, yards and touchdowns. Colt McCoy followed a year later, posting a 34-2 record as a starter for Jim Ned High School in Tuscola.
When they’re able, Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy like to visit the Burnett, Texas, church, where Shipley’s grandfather preaches. The family patriarch, Richard Felts, also played for the Wildcats.
Still, that doesn’t mean any of the families’ experiences prepared them for the hype that goes with wearing the burnt orange uniform or flashing the “Hook ‘em Horns” sign. Maybe deep down, they thought the next generations would be Wildcats, too.
“His mom and I, there was a nervousness about him going to Austin,” Brad McCoy said. “It’s a liberal place. We prayed there’d be something there for him to anchor his faith.
“To have Jordan there at the same time, we know he has that.”
Photo captions: Top, Colt McCoy; Bottom, Jordan Shipley. (Photos courtesy of the University of Texas Sports Photography Department)
Sept. 8, 2006
FeedbackHey Brad, sure am proud of Colt, congratulations to both of you on his phenomenal accomplishments, on and off of the field…God blessEric Fitts3rd and Central Church of ChristHobbs, NM
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