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In May 2004, Colt McCoy, about to finish his junior year in high school, let me share with the world that he had chosen Texas as his university of choice.
I say world, but I doubt if a lot of people outside of Abilene or Tuscola took notice of the article I wrote as sports editor of the Abilene Reporter-News.
I knew Colt only in passing because I went to the same church for a while, and saw him play his senior year at Jim Ned.
I am a Texas Tech alumnus and never have been a Longhorn fan. I didn't hate 'em like Aggies do, but I never pulled for them.
In 2005 I watched them more on television, even though Colt was red-shirted. I love college football, and Vince Young was as exciting as anything I'd seen in a while.
And by January of 2006, I found myself whooping and hollering in front of the TV with the rest of my family as Young scored in the last few seconds to give Texas the national championship.
Later that same year, I began this blog a few games into the season. Colt was big news as a redshirt-freshman, and I thought he might have staying power.
I guess 45 victories, more than any other college quarterback in history, proves that.
Over the years I was really more of a Colt fan than a Texas fan, but I got to "know" (not in person, of course) Mack Brown through his comments in the media and I guess I am now a fan of Burnt Orange ... except on those days when they play the Scarlet and Black, of course.
My heart sunk with all the other UT fans when Colt went out of the Alabama game.
I have no doubt Texas would've won that game with their star quarterback.
Colt's comments at the end of the game were as classy as any losing athlete has made in any sport.
I will follow Colt as he moves up through the NFL ranks ... but not in this blog.
This is the final entry, although the blog will stay live so you can relive these past four years in posts, stats and photos.
As Colt might say, "Stay on the Rock and avoid the sinking sand."