Caring for camo: Colt McCoy speaks at UT

Caring for camo: Colt McCoy speaks at UT

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Snacks, an "Ace Ventura" DVD and a copy of "Sports Illustrated" - that's what U.S. troops will find inside a care package from Colt McCoy.

"I just put things that I felt like I would like if I was over there," said McCoy.

He's speaking to students at U.T. about why he's now involved with the student organization called "Caring for Camo."

McCoy added, "I had a cousin pass away. He served in the Marines."

His grandfather also served in the air force during the Korean War.

"I think to be able to reach out to them, send them packages, send them letters, send them notes of encouragement, I think will really rejuvenate some of those guys overseas," McCoy said.

"He's my role model. I've looked up to him since seventh grade," said UT sophomore, Blair Landrum.

This is exactly what the group is hoping for...a peer for students, like Blair Landrum, to relate to.

"You don't expect people your own age to do things like this," added Landrum.

"When I get little kids come up and say they want an autograph, that's a great feeling, but when I have somebody my age or maybe a little bit older, come up and say, hey man, I enjoyed watching you play today, that kind of goes a little bit further with me," said McCoy. "If I'm over there fighting for my country, maybe stressed out, but I get five letters from sorority chicks, I'm gonna be feelin' pretty good."

Another way you can help, buy a "Caring for Camo" wristband. They're only $2 and all the proceeds go toward helping the troops.

"I've written my share of letters and we've done the care packages," Landrum said.

McCoy's inspiring her to take it a step further and become a member of the organization.

The quarterback says he associates soldiers with confidence.

McCoy added, "My favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 17:7. It says blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is found in him."

A bible, is the most important item Colt says you'll find in his care packages, complete with a personal hand-written message inside.

If you'd like to learn more about the ways you can help log on to www.caringforcamo.com

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