Last night the Alabama Crimson Tide won the NCAA National Championship as they beat the Texas Longhorns 37-21. I have to admit that I lost interest for a little while when they announced at halftime that Colt McCoy would not return to the game. Texas’ freshman quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, settled in during the second half and played much better than he did in the first half. Even though most everyone else watching the game had thrown in the towel at the news that Colt wouldn’t return, Garrett Gilbert and his teammates chose to dig in.

Being from Oklahoma, the injury to Colt McCoy and his having to watch from the sidelines reminded me of Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford’s senior season–a season of disappointment. What also reminded me of Sam Bradford was Colt’s response to his disappointment. Following the game, Colt said,

“I worked and played my whole career to be on this stage, to be given this opportunity,” McCoy said. “I know what it would have been like had I played that game. To know that is tough. But at the same time, I am a man of faith. I stand on the rock. I’ll never question God for why things happen the way they do.

“Standing on the Rock.” When the Horns win, when winning the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Player of the Year Award, when losing the Heisman for the second year in a row, when making it into the National Championship game, and even when he got knocked out the National Championship game on the very first drive he’s still “Standing on the Rock.” Not questioning God, but standing on the Rock.” Now, there’s a lesson we all need to learn.

The past couple of years we’ve had the opportunity to watch three great college quarterbacks in Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy. Great athletes, incredible competitors, champions in every sense of the word. What is even more important is that these three young guys have a passion and a commitment to Jesus Christ that transcends “winning.” They’ve “stood on the Rock” through winning and losing, trials and triumphs.

I would encourage you to go to and watch the videos of Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy. I’ve posted Colt’s below.

The Heart of a Champion
Standing on the Rock!
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