Michael Pitcock coming from the craziest fans on earth and the best damn band in the land, yes that’s right folks, Pitcock is a Buckeye born and raised and football alum and graduate. Everyone mostly loves the Brutus mascot however few know what a Buckeyes is apart from the chocolate peanut butter balls. A Buckeye is a poisonous inedible nut. Quinn got the reputation of being a nut fairly quickly when he played for the Indianapolis Colts.
Pitcock referenced himself once as a “pioneer” he wasn’t a drug or alcohol addict it was video games with the combination of stress in a new city totally out of his comfort zone and under a lot of pressure to perform. Pitcock has always been an introvert.
Rather than get to know Indianapolis and socialize it was easier for him to make a video game controller his best friend.
Pitcock tried to break into the Arena League however no team has expressed interest. Enter in Kevin Roberts, an academic success counselor and author of “Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap.” Roberts contacted Pitcock after he learned of his story. The two had struck up a friendship and kinship and now he and Roberts are bringing awareness to a growing problem. Pitcock reaches out to families who have written him noticing the same issues he has within their children. Pitcock’s life now is much brighter than it was in Indy. Gone are the days when he used to mindlessly punch buttons on a gaming controller and isolating himself in the gaming system.
When asked about his addiction and experience Pitcock says; “I do miss it at times but now I look at it as a closed chapter in my life.”
The Indianapolis Colts are a pillar in our community for their outreach program so even though Pitcock’s chapter is closed the book will always remain open for community support and ongoing recognition and help to assist others with addiction of any kind.
Now onto the second part of my story.
Tony McCoy who was a former left defensive tackle for the Colts and retired in 2011, battled on the field in front of the public and the Colts fans. His secret battle was off the field when he beat leukemia. He now is a huge part of the leukemia community saying that “Your battle is my battle.”
McCoy was born in Orlando, Florida and played for the Gators with mentorship under head coach at the time Galen Hall and then Steve Spurrier from 1988 to 1991. As a Gator he was chomping at the bit to be the best and go straight into the NFL. McCoy was recognized as a first team All-SEC selection and an honorable mention All-American as well as selected by his fellow Gators as the team’s most valuable player.
McCoy played for the Colts for 8 seasons and then he played his final NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals. In his entire career he started seventy-nine of 114 games and finished his professional career with twenty-three quarterback sacks and three recovered fumbles.
Life after football for McCoy began when he received his minister’s license through the United Christian Church and Ministerial Association in 1996. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Hope International Church a non-denominational Christian Church in his home state of Florida. McCoy is also the owner of a restaurant, Fish Pro and the director of McCoy Investments Inc. and also a husband and father of three.
He volunteered at South Lake High School and would run sprints with his oldest son, after the second sprint he fell to his knee and gasped for air and said, “I can’t do it” This is the first time he ever quit anything in his life. McCoy had a reputation in the NFL as one of the hardest working athletes on the team. His real battle started when he got leukemia and still remembers looking through the cluttered facemask that adorned bits of turf and paint from the field where he peered into the roaring depths that drowned the stands of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, instead of the players he was used to seeing he saw the light and became once again the hardest working man this time battling and defeating leukemia.