Woodrow Wilson, TCU's Greg McCoy ready to prove he belongs in NFL

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

DALLAS - We always hear the names of the top picks in the NFL draft, but it’s hard to get a mention in the late rounds.

For example, there was no fanfare for TCU cornerback Greg McCoy when he was picked in the seventh round by the Chicago Bears.

He's used to that after growing up on the streets of south Dallas.

"Everybody is grown now," McCoy said during a recent visit to his old neighborhood. "Everybody is grown up. Being here is a lot of motivation. It gives you so much motivation, because it's so raw."

McCoy talked about what he did on the streets during his youth.

"Everything," he said. "We actually put up a little basketball court back there, in the back yard. We played football out here in the street. Oh, and we ran. We raced here in the street."

Maybe that's where he developed his speed.

At TCU's pro day in March, McCoy impressed the pro scouts with a 4.4 in the 40.

"It was my life," McCoy said to the media that day. "Today was dedicated to my life."

Walking down the street in his old neighborhood, McCoy remembers that pressured-filled day.

"My life depended on that day," he said. "Everything that I had, I left it out there on the field and I feel I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if nobody had picked me up."
 
At TCU, McCoy was the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the year, setting a single-game school record with 229 return yards against Baylor.

McCoy said attending Woodrow Wilson High School was huge to him, because he says that's where he learned there was more than just life on the street.

"The unique thing about Woodrow is, if you're not doing anything with your life, then you're nobody," McCoy said.

"You know, we have a lot of kids here that understand success and Greg jumped on that bandwagon," said Woodrow Wilson Head Coach Bobby Estes. "He's represented Woodrow Wilson and DISD so well, graduating from TCU and then getting his masters."

Now he's headed to Chicago.

"I've never been to Chicago," McCoy said. "I expect it to be cold, and I expect it be windy."

And McCoy will be carrying the lessons of his youth on to the NFL.

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