As the younger brother of Texas legend Colt McCoy, it would be easy to assume that Case McCoy has had it easy. He lived big-time college football vicariously through his brother and no doubt was on the radar of the Longhorns’ coaches thanks in part to his last name.
But the younger McCoy, the sophomore quarterback of the Longhorns who is splitting time with David Ash under center, had it tougher than most may think.
For 10 years as he grew up, Case battled scleroderma, a disease that causes thickening of the skin and blood vessels when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. While the disease is mostly known for attacking the skin, complications can lead to fatal cases.
McCoy was first afflicted with the disease at age four and Case’s battle with sclerodama is still evident on the left side of his face.
Due to Case’s medical condition, Colt McCoy – the winningest Division I quarterback in college football history – has been extremely involved in charity work, especially with hospitals. Last year, Colt became the spokesman for Scott & White Hospital in Texas, which is aiming to raise $50 million for a new regional hospital.
According to reports, the hospital would be centrally located in the large state of Texas, where children in smaller towns have to travel a long way for treatment. You know, kids much like Case.
“Growing up my brother (Case) was sick,” Colt McCoy told KXAN-TV last year. “He had a skin condition. Our family had to travel a lot to get to the hospital and get the support we needed.”
Brad McCoy, father of both boys, said that the plights of sick children hits home with the McCoy family.
“We were as confused as anyone else about what was going on,” Brad told the television station about Case’s condition. “So it’s a blessing to be a part of this and that Colt wants to be a part of it, and give that back.”
Case has come a long way since he was traveling to hospitals to receive treatment for a potentially crippling disease. After wowing fans in the spring game, he burst on the scene on September 10, when McCoy and freshman David Ash came off the bench to help Texas post a 17-16 victory against BYU, permanently sending incumbent quarterback Garrett Gilbert to the bench.
The younger McCoy is starting to look like his brother at the helm of a winning Texas squad, though he has been more of a game-manager in attempting just 37 passes in parts of four games this season.
Either way, we have seen flashes of Case McCoy to Jaxon Shipley, brother of former Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley, in a familiar connection of last names. The elder McCoy holds many Texas passing records and the elder Shipley was one of the best receivers in UT history, capping his career with two TD catches in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama.
Already downing the biggest opponent he will hopefully face in his life, if Case McCoy can lead Texas to a Red River Rivalry victory over No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday, he will be well on his way to filling the enormous shoes his big brother left behind.