One of the best signal callers to ever don a jersey on the 40 Acres shared life lessons from the gridiron and beyond Tuesday night at Gruene United Methodist Church.

Former Texas Longhorn standout Colt McCoy joined Associate Pastor Aaron Carter during a discussion centering around football and faith that was presented by Hill Country Women’s Ministry/Women at the Table. The quarterback also answered questions from the audience during the talk.

McCoy said his friendship with Anne Weisman, who is one of the founders of Hill Country Women’s Ministry, led to the event.

“She asked me if there would be a time where I would come and share my faith and be a part of something like this, and I told her, ‘Sure,’” McCoy said. “I’ll share what I feel like has helped me along the way and some of my struggles and ups and downs and just try to be as authentic as I can be to everyone here and share my faith.”

McCoy, a four-year starter at Texas who owns the all-time school records for career passing yards (13,253) and touchdowns (112), currently plays for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. He said that having his Sundays occupied by work is tough, but each organization does what it can to provide avenues for bible study and prayer.

“We have a team chaplain at the Redskins, so we do a chapel the night before games,” McCoy said. “I think most professional teams are the same way.”

The two-time Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year said he’s kept up with the Longhorns since he made the move to the NFL in 2010. In fact, he’ll be in attendance this coming September when Texas opens its 2018 campaign against the Maryland Terrapins at the Redskins’ home stadium.

“This will be year No. 9 for me in the NFL, so it’s been a while since I’ve been at UT, but I try to be around in the offseason and I go work out up there and still enjoy being in the facility and I’m appreciative of that,” McCoy said. “Texas plays Maryland on Sept. 1 at FedEx Field, so that will be the first game I’ve gotten to watch in person since my rookie year, so I’m really fired up about that.”

McCoy played each of his four seasons at Texas under Mack Brown, who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 class. The quarterback has since watched the Longhorns fall on hard times, but he sees current coach Tom Herman as someone who can take Texas football back to the pinnacle of performance.

“I was so fortunate to play for Coach Brown and I got to play for him for four years and I didn’t go through a coaching change,” McCoy said. “I know that’s hard on any program, so I feel for some of the players, but I certainly think that Coach Herman has got the guys on the right track and I know they’re expecting a big season this year, and I think we as fans and alumni are hoping for a big year, too. I think we saw glimpses of what we could do last year, and if we finished a few games in the fourth quarter, that record looks a little bit different.”

As a Redskin, McCoy said it will be yet another challenge trying to navigate an NFC East field that includes the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and a young and talented Dallas Cowboys squad.

“I enjoy being in the NFC East,” McCoy said. “The fans are rowdy and the stadiums are always full, and those are definitely some intense games.

“Everybody this time of year thinks they’re all about to go win the Super Bowl. I think we’re all excited about getting back together for training camp, and I think if we can stay healthy, we’ve got a pretty good opportunity.”

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