The Rare Disease Champion Award
is given annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.
University: University of Texas
Vitals: 6-2, 200-pound senior quarterback
Rare Disease Connection: As a 5-year-old was diagnosed with scleroderma, a disease that involves hardening of skin and tightening of connective tissues. In 2004 after nearly five years of shots, pills and trips to Dallas for treatments, McCoy was told his rare disease was no longer active.
Quick Hits: A part-time starter for two seasons, McCoy took over as the starting QB for the Longhorns for the final 10 games in 2013. Threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, including 190 yards and two touchdowns in signature win over Oklahoma in Red River Classic… Younger brother of former Texas and current San Francisco Forty-Niners QB Colt McCoy… Spent 10 weeks last summer on a missions trip to Peru installing water purification systems.