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James Harrison levels Colt McCoy
In the BCS title game in the Rose Bowl in 2010, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was injured and had to head to the locker room. His father, Brad, who coached Colt through junior high and high school, came out of the stands and went with him. More than a few of us found this a little odd—a major college quarterback having Daddy look after him.
Flash forward to last Thursday, when now Browns QB McCoy took a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot from the Steelers James Harrison. Leave aside all the arguments about Harrison’s overly aggressive play.
Assume that the Browns should be heavily fined for letting McCoy back in the game. The day after the game, McCoy’s father was again front-and-center in the media, taking the Browns to task for the way they handled the situation.
Now, I’m a parent, and I’m proud of my kids, too. My daughter Stacey is a cast member of "Friday Night Lights," the NBC show about Dillon, Texas. (See how proud I am.) But my kids are also not kids anymore.
If they call me for advice, I give the advice I think I’m capable of giving. But I don’t run to their side to smother them with guidance, money or anything unless they ask first. Because they’re not kids anymore.
I would have to think that Colt came in for some severe ribbing from teammates after the whole thing happened. And, as quarterback, he has to take it.
But life has been tough enough for him since he came to the NFL, trying to establish himself with a franchise that doesn’t have much to offer. A lot of NFL types thought Colt was too small, although there is Drew Brees to counter that theory. But without Brees’ supporting cast and coaching staff, McCoy is floundering. He is the anti-Tebow. I just hope his head has cleared up.
What I really think is that, once you sign the big NFL contract, it’s time for the parents to fade into the background. (I know… Archie Manning.Hey, he played in the NFL. That’s different.)
It’s been a fascinating year, and it’s not over yet. We’ve yet to discover which passer will hold the Lombardi Trophy up in Indy next February. Will it be one of the favorites, one of those who has hoisted it in the past? Will it be a newbie? I can’t wait to find out.