Did Colt McCoy quit in the biggest game of his life?
Yes. That's right; I said it. So what?
As if playing in Tim Tebow's shadow wasn't damaging enough. Now this?
Fans, most teammates, most sportswriters, and analysts seem to disagree with me. Yet, the biggest questions we are facing here are: Did Colt McCoy let his team down? Could he really have played through the pain?
Quit—verb (used with object) In this case, Texas QB Colt McCoy:
1. To stop, cease, or discontinue: Colt quit what he was doing, which was playing QB in a football game because he got hit “very” hard.
2. To depart from; leave (a place or person): Colt quit the game and left the field of play only to serve as a spectator.
3. To give up or resign; let go; relinquish: Colt quit his job as QB in the biggest and last game of his career.
4. To release one's hold of (something grasped): Colt quit when he dropped the proverbial "ball."
5. To free or rid (oneself): To quit when one doubts his ability and succumbs to extreme duress.
Now, my fellow readers and bleacher creatures, did Colt McCoy quit?
Was psychological damage done while getting bulldozed by the Nebraska defensive line a few weeks back? My guess is yes, and it bled over into the BCS title game.
He may never be the same.
So before you crucify me, I ask that you answer the following questions, then let me have it. You know why? Because Colt McCoy did, in fact, quit! My answers immediately follow.
A. Should have Colt McCoy gone back into the game? YES
B. Did Colt McCoy let his team down? YES
C. Psychologically will Colt recover from the damage done to his competitive streak and sports psyche since the meltdown began against Nebraska? NOT SURE
D. Was Colt McCoy injured or just damaged goods? DAMAGED GOODS
Only time will tell what will become of Colt McCoy, the Texas legend, and the effects of his early absence from his final college football game.
My opinion may seem shocking and probably too harsh for the normal reader; especially most Longhorn readers.
If you don’t know this by now, allow me to break it down for you: Being larger than life and in the public spotlight will prove just how harsh and unrelenting of a world we live in.
Get used to it, Colt. It doesn't get any easier.