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Brief: Award honors ‘Sarge’ McCoy for military service and football commitment

Brief: Award honors ‘Sarge’ McCoy for military service and football commitment

November 12
01:16 2013

Tim Cato / Sports Editor

The Football Writers Associated of America announced senior defensive tackle Brandon McCoy as the winner of the 2013 Armed Forces Merit Award in a press conference Monday on Veteran’s Day.

It’s an accomplishment McCoy has indirectly been working towards for almost ten years, since joining the Army in 2004 after he was kicked out of his own house for problems that included drug usage. The five-year stint, including 13 months in a combat zone in Iraq, helped him turn his life around.

“I’m totally humble in getting this award,” McCoy said. “I’ve come a long ways. I’m not perfect by any means and my past shows that I’m not perfect, but I always strive to be a better person.”

The award, in its second year of existence, is also associated with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth that takes place annually on Dec. 30. A formal ceremony honoring McCoy will be held in December.

The inaugural winner of the award was University of Texas long snapper Nate Boyer, who was a former member of the Green Beret Special Forces unit and spent time in Afghanistan.

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