Larry McCoy Meets His Biggest Fan
Nov. 2, 2012
On October 27, 2012, senior running back Larry McCoy etched his name in the Duquesne football record book. With 8:32 left in the fourth quarter, the senior tailback eluded a pair of Monmouth defenders in the backfield and turned a two yard loss into a 22 yard gain. The run, like many before it, ended with a host of players draped across McCoy's his back, legs churning until an official's whistle ended the play. The run, so typical of McCoy's career, enabled him to pass Donte Small (4,260 yards from 1998-01) and became DU's all-time leading rusher.
Head football coach Jerry Schmitt often says, "a victory or accomplishment is short lived, we enjoy it today and forget about it tomorrow." McCoy did just that. On Monday, two days after breaking the record, and in the midst of receiving post-game treatment, handling a number of media interviews and completing his weekly school work, Larry found time to meet and surprise his biggest fan - a local fourth grade student.
Since 2010, McCoy has worked extensively with the athletics department and his fellow student-athletes as part of a community outreach program called "Dukes in the Community." As a student-athlete, there is no obligation, no requirement or mandatory service hours. Every athlete who participates is internally motivated to do so.
"Doing the little things to help out or brighten a kid's day may make all the difference in the world," says McCoy. "It may inspire them to maybe one day become a student-athlete."
"I believe there are a lot of kids that look up to us, and I think we need to be a great example for these kids so they can follow in our footsteps and be successful as well."
See the real Larry Mcoy in the video above. Enjoy.