Retired NFL Player Motivates Students
Retired NFL Player Motivates Students
By Ginger Geoffery


Retired National Football League defensive tackle Mike McCoy visited Canisius High School on Tuesday morning and shared his story with students at an assembly in the auditorium.

Mr. McCoy is a native of Erie, PA and a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics where he played football and was a Consensus All-American. He was chosen UPI Lineman of the year and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year. He was the #1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers where he played defensive tackle. He played eleven years in the NFL – seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants.

Today, Mr. McCoy is the president of of Mike McCoy Ministries and he speaks primarily in Catholic Schools across the U.S. and abroad.

The message he brought to Canisius students was one of faith, hope, and encouragement to make better decisions in their lives. He says his passion is empowering young people and helping them develop a larger vision for their lives. He talked with Canisius students about overcoming challenges, dealing with peer pressure and developing the self-confidence to achieve true success. 

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