ROUND ROCK — Former Texas football stars Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley hooked up one more time Friday night — for the ceremonial first pitch of the Round Rock Express-Oklahoma City RedHawks ballgame at Dell Diamond.
McCoy threw a strike to his old receiving buddy Shipley, and they walked off the diamond to “The Eyes of Texas” with about half the house flashing the “Hook ‘Em” sign.
“Anytime McCoy can throw to Shipley, it’s a good thing,” the quarterback said.
They also both spoke about their new jobs.
McCoy just signed with the Washington Redskins, where he’ll attempt to back up former Baylor rival Robert Griffin III.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” McCoy said. “I spent some time there and enjoyed working with the coaching staff. (New offensive coordinator) Jay Gruden is a bright guy, and the visit went well. I also spoke with Robert, and he said good things about the Redskins.”
McCoy, who has played for Cleveland and San Francisco, was asked why he chose Washington. He won’t have an easy time winning the No. 2 job because Kirk Cousins is one of the more promising backups in the NFL.
“It’s a tough business. You gotta catch on where you can,” he said. “The opportunity presented itself, and I took it. I’m familiar with the West Coast offense they run.”
Shipley, meanwhile, has moved on from football to television. He’s co-hosting two hunting shows on the Outdoors Channel — “Bucks of Tecomate” and “Tecomate Whitetail Nation.”
“I’ve always seen myself as an outdoorsman first and an athlete second,” Shipley said. “I loved football and worked my tail off for it, but I never saw that as my whole identity because I was always so much into the outdoors.”
Injuries derailed Shipley’s NFL career after three years split among Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.
“My body is beaten to death,” Shipley said. “I’ve had multiple knee surgeries, shoulder surgery, head injuries, you name it. The concussion stuff … the way things are now, if you disclose what’s really wrong with you, they shut you down. It really was not a hard decision at all to leave it.”
Shipley’s wife Sunny is an up-and-coming singer/song writer, and he said he’s glad he can devote more time to watching her career grow.
“The music is really good,” he said.
McCoy and Shipley have met new Texas football coach Charlie Strong and had favorable first impressions. McCoy even attended practice last week.
“It’s a big change, for sure,” McCoy said. “I think he’ll do well. It’s still Texas.”