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6/26/07

Luke McCown Prepares For Fresh Start With Bucs

Former Jacksonville standout Luke McCown says he's more than OK, a year after suffering a knee injury that derailed his NFL career. Now healthy and ready to go, he's back home, passing along some words of wisdom.

From a standout beginning at Jacksonville High School, to a record setting career at Louisiana Tech, Luke McCown has always had the strong work ethic to succeed. After a promising rookie campaign with the Cleveland Browns that included four starts, Luke moved to Tampa Bay, where he was backing up Chris Simms. But a knee injury put all that on hold last June.

"I guess what was more dissapointing was obviously nobody knew that Chris was going to get hurt the third week of the season and had I not been hurt I'd have been playing," McCown said, "and that would have been an opportunity, but god has a plan.  You've got to be patient and wait on your time and my time is going to come."

With Jeff Garcia now the annointed starter in Tampa, that time may have to wait a bit. But hard work has put Luke back in position to at least show the coaches, he's once again the quarterback they traded for two years ago.

"So that was a big thing, just to show that mental toughness, to come back from an injury like that and to be able to perform at a high level," McCown said, "and to be able to pick right up where I left off is a big thing, and I think I showed the coaches that."

This weekend, he'll team up with his brothers Randy and Josh, along with several of their old coaches, to pass along words of wisdom to the next generation of East Texas football players.

"This is where we grew up and this where we hope to end up when our careers are done," McCown said.  "It's given us so much, and to be able to come and to give back to the town and really the East Texas area that gave so much to us growing up, it is, it's really exciting for us to do.  To be able to impress upon those kids the things we learned that made us better and allowed us to get to where we are and to give them that oportunity, it just means so much, because not everybody is coached by Danny Long, not everybody is coached by Matt Turner, and Jeff Traylor and those guys and Josh and Randy and myself, we were all blessed to have great coaches that instilled in us tremendous fundamentals, not necessarily of just quarterbacks, but the game of football and a passion and a pride that goes with it."

For more information on the McCowns passing camp this Friday and Saturday, you can call (903) 586-5642.

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