Andrew McGee is the definition of a human highlight.
McGee came to Oklahoma State from Copiah-Lincoln junior college, and while he was there he had the realization he was meant for more than football. McGee grew up in the church, and by early in his high school career he began to ponder a life in the church. While at CLJC he began counseling teammates, and started to see he had a gift for speaking.
Upon arriving at Oklahoma State he contacted the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and immediately began speaking to high school children across the state. While maintaining a busy football schedule, McGee found time to speak to over 10,000 high school kid across our state, talking about everything from God, to drugs and sex education.
He realized after he was injured in the 2009 Bedlam game that, even with football, he was destined for more. While trying to make a tackle McGee broke two vertebrae in his neck. While pondering what to do if he was unable to continue playing football, he realized his calling was to minister, regardless of his ability to return to the game. After 4 months in a neck brace, and two more months of physical therapy, McGee was ready to return in time for the 2010 season. Three days before the first game against Washington State, McGee was in Ada speaking to a packed auditorium. McGee finished the 2010 season with 51 tackles, 5 interceptions, and one forced fumble.
I thought football was done, but I was just fortunate to have another chance to come back out here so I just glorify God with it.
McGee dreamed of an NFL career, but another injury put an end to his dream, as shortly before the combine he herniated a disc in his back. While trying to figure out what to do with his life, he remembered an offer that Mike Gundy had made him shortly after the after the Alamo Bowl in December, that if his NFL career didn't work out he was welcome to return to campus as a student volunteer.
Now, along with helping the safetys and cornerbacks, McGee leads the team chapel and tries to steer new players towards the FCA. Along with those duties, he also maintains a busy speaking schedule, all while helping counsel younger players about the challenges of life.
While his playing career is over, his life's calling is just beginning. As good as he was on the field, he's even better off it, helping where he can, speaking to those who'll listen, and trying to leave this world better than he found it. Andrew McGee is a Human Highlight Reel.
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