Washington Redskins quarterback and former Texas Longhorn quarterback, Colt McCoy passes a ball to camp participants on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Westlake Chaparral Stadium. The Colt McCoy football procamp runs for two days and is open to boys and girls grades first through eighth. (Jessalyn Tamez/ American-Statesman)

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Colt McCoy to current Longhorns: ‘We’re turning a corner’

Former Longhorn legend talks about the pressure to win at UT and how the Horns are prepared for the season

Posted September 2nd, 2016

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Former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy penned a letter to the current Longhorns team in a posting on The Players Tribune.

McCoy covers several topics, but it serves as stirring locker room motivational speech.

“I’m telling you now what it took me years to learn and accept: If you go out there and play to the very best of your ability, that’s all you can ask of yourself. And more times than not, it will be enough to win,” McCoy wrote.

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In his letter, McCoy states he likes where the team is at, having worked out with some UT players this summer. “You can see that we’re turning a corner,” McCoy wrote.

One of the best sections is where McCoy reflects on the pressure to win at the university.

I was only a 19-year-old kid from a town with a population that wasn’t big enough to fill up a single section of our stadium, but I somehow found myself in control of this thing that meant so much to so many people,” McCoy wrote. “I didn’t know how to deal with it.

“But here’s the thing I learned eventually: The pressure doesn’t go away. It’s always there. You’re at Texas — the expectations never ease up. So what I discovered over time (and what you will as well) is that the pressure is a good thing. Eventually I learned to feed off of it. I even craved it, because it pushed me to be the best version of myself.”

McCoy is UT’s all-time passing leader with 13,253 yards from 2006-09 and finished with career 45-8 record as the Longhorns starter.

RELATED COVERAGE: Click here to read the complete Colt McCoy letter on The Players Tribune.

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