The Texas Longhorns play in one of the marquee match ups of college football’s opening weekend when they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Ahead of their season-opener against the top-ten Irish, former star quarterback Colt McCoy wrote some inspirational words to the team in an open letter on The Players’ Tribune.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
Trust that your coaches are going to have you prepared. Trust your reads and your instincts. These games are why you were recruited to play here, so don’t try to be a superhuman version of yourself. Be the player you know that you are. You made it to Texas because you’ve played very well in a lot of games throughout your lifetime. This is just another opportunity to showcase what you were born to do.
Before kickoff on Sunday, find a quiet place on the sideline. Take a knee and look around the stadium. Breathe in the air and appreciate the atmosphere. And take a moment to collect your thoughts, say a little prayer and remember how blessed you are to be playing the greatest game on earth at the greatest school on earth.
Then get on your feet, strap on your helmet and go show those boys how we play ball in Texas.
You can read the full letter here.
It’s a great gesture by McCoy and a look at the pride and tradition the Longhorns program holds. If the players take McCoy’s words to heart, we could see a fired up team running onto the field for the opener. It won’t matter to them that they are three-point underdogs.
Kick off against Notre Dame is set for Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.