A few weeks ago, I wrote a Christmas column about the need for more role models in sports and received some very nice comments from church members and people in the community.
Being a role model has a big responsibility and is something in 2010 I’m striving to be more of.
One thing I’ve struggled with is when things don’t go my way, then being a role model is something I’m probably not.
Someone who on Thursday night that set the perfect example of how to handle adversity was Texas Quarterback Colt McCoy.
McCoy was injured in the BCS Championship game against Alabama.
The Longhorns went on to lose and Alabama was crowned national champion.
McCoy didn’t show anger and went back and cheered on his teammates.

After the game, McCoy said that Christ was in charge of his life and that he allows things to happen for a reason.
I’ve always heard this comment, but I don’t know if I could have said it in this situation.
McCoy may have seen an NFL career go down the tubes, but he still knew his Lord and Savior was in control.
It was a perfect example of how we should live our lives everyday.

Some of the readers may wonder why I do these kind of columns and on a frequent basis.
It’s because sports teaches us a lot of life lessons and we must learn from them.
McCoy is one of several prominent college football players this year that have used the platform of faith.
It’s nice to see in a world full of drugs, violence and other negative influences that are still people who are willing to take a stand.
McCoy will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play college football. He will also go down as one of the greatest human beings ever.
He’s a role model in a world where they are becoming few and far between.