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'Horns to retire the No. 12 of Colt McCoy

Less than a year after throwing the final pass of his University of Texas football career, Colt McCoy will have one of the school’s highest football honors bestowed upon him at the end of this month.

Provided he survives his first career NFL start this weekend against fellow UT alum Casey Hampton and the Pittsburgh Steelers, McCoy will have his No. 12 jersey retired prior to the Oct. 30 game against Baylor.  McCoy’s NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, is on a bye that weekend, creating the window for an honor that’s previously been given to just five other Longhorns in the school’s storied history.

“I was just overwhelmed, humbled and psyched when I was told about his,” McCoy said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true!

“This is such a tremendous honor, but it’s not about me. It’s about all the great coaches that helped me develop as a player and a man, the tremendous teammates that made my job so much easier and the most supportive family anyone could ask for.”

“We’re very, very proud of Colt and every time we look at his name in the upper part of the stadium with the other great names that have played for The University of Texas, we’ll be proud of him, proud of his team and proud of their accomplishments,” head coach Mack Brown said.

McCoy set an NCAA record with 45 wins during his four years in Austin and was twice named the Walter Camp Player of the Year; one of the school’s requirements for the retiring of a jersey number is winning a national player of the year honor.

McCoy will join Earl Campbell (No. 20), Bobby Layne (11), Tommy Nobis (60), Ricky Williams (34) and Vince Young (10) as the six football players who’ve had their number retired.

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9 Responses to “'Horns to retire the No. 12 of Colt McCoy”
  1. kupski says: Oct 13, 2010 5:43 PM

    Maaaaaaannnnnn
    lol if thats the best Texas has to retire lol…

  2. burntorangehorn says: Oct 13, 2010 5:52 PM

    It’s a no-brainer to retire his jersey. I just hope he’s able to walk, since he’ll be coming off the Steelers game, his first NFL start.

  3. Scrodge2010 says: Oct 13, 2010 6:23 PM

    @kupski
    What are you TALKING about?? I’m not even a Texas fan and its a total no brainer to retire this kids jersey.
    **Most Wins In College Football History**
    ’nuff said.

  4. John Taylor says: Oct 13, 2010 6:25 PM

    @ burntorangehorn: as a life-long Browns fan, I’ve held high hopes hopes for McCoy as the future at the position. I was just hoping the future wouldn’t start until next year. And not against the Steelers. On the road.
    Colt will be fine — as long as Peyton Hillis can play.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Oct 13, 2010 11:00 PM

    @JT–yeah, that’s about as rough a situation for a first start as it could get, isn’t it? Hillis can take off some of the pressure, but McCoy’s going to need some high-percentage passes to short- and intermediate-range targets. Basically, do with him as the Steelers did with rookie Roethlisberger: keep the blinders on him, and let him steer the bus a little.

  6. OpinionsNAholes says: Oct 14, 2010 1:30 AM

    Hahahahhahaha. Colt McCoy flippin’ sucks! One of the all time mediocre quarterbacks of college football. Retire that jersey Whorns, and keep pretending that his little boo boo was the reason you got your butt whooped in the NC game.

  7. Igottz5onit says: Oct 14, 2010 1:58 AM

    They can bury it with him on Monday, if they can pull him out of it on Sunday.

  8. Lucky5927 says: Oct 14, 2010 9:39 AM

    Really?? Colt McCoy doesn’t deserve to have his Jersey retired for having the most wins. If we went by that criteria, perhaps we should retire Sergio Kindle’s jersey or Jordan Shipley’s Jersey as well? Going 44-7 or 45-7 (Whatever it was) has more to do with the team being a great team, not because of one QB. If he would have WON a national championship, then maybe. Thats what ultimately pushed Vince Young into the star status was his performance on a big stage. Yes, Colt was a very good college QB. Yes, his team won a few big games. But, he doesn’t deserve to have his jersey retired. To do so, would water down the whole process in Longhorn Country.

  9. JJD says: Oct 14, 2010 10:31 AM

    The U of Texas team won 45 games in four years, not Colt McCoy.

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