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Standing On The Rock: Colt McCoy's Faith Shines in Dark Moment

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks on before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Josh RutledgeCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

Colt McCoy's brightest moment in college came in one of the darkest circumstances.

Standing on the field, watching Alabama players celebrate around him, McCoy fought back tears in an on-field interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. He had just been forced to sit and watch a championship dream slip away.

In that moment though, McCoy stepped up and said, "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."

In a long, glorious career at Texas, McCoy has faced down some tough opponents. He's rallied his team to big victories. He's made big passes. He's overcome injuries as a freshman.

Through it all, he'd given thanks to God his whole collegiate career. He has given God glory for each win. It probably all made sense for him.

Then, he got a curve ball. Just like that, life made no sense. Why was he being forced to sit and watch his team lose on the biggest stage in college football?

The reality is there is no answer to that question. But a lot of people would spend the rest of their lives searching for one.

Not McCoy. He doesn't need a reason.

That is faith. McCoy lived a charmed life at Texas. Everything he touched turned to gold. He won everything. He was popular. He was praised by fans, media, and players.

It's easy to be thankful for all of that. But it's a lot harder to be thankful when it all gets taken away.

Ultimately, then, McCoy will look back on that moment as one of the best victories in his life. In the eyes of everyone else, his "god" had just failed him in the worst possible way. After giving thanks for all the victories, his "god" had ripped all his dreams away at the last second.

It's only natural for McCoy to ask for reasons.

But again, those are answers beyond McCoy, because there are no answers. Some stuff happens that won't ever make sense. McCoy knows that. And that is what is so impressive about him.

No one can tell McCoy why he got hurt. But I could venture a guess. Perhaps his God knew that McCoy gave him the glory in a victory. But would he give him the glory in a loss?

Would he stand firm in his faith when things got ugly and made no sense?

He was a powerful testimony throughout his collegiate career. But that was always in victory. Would he be a powerful testimony in defeat?

That's the real battle in life. That's the real game.

And McCoy walked off the field a winner.

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