Written by: @P_ACasas
Art by: @Hi_MyNameIsAli
When you mention the name Quan Cosby around Austin, TX it’s usually followed with good graces. One of the most decorated wide receivers in the University of Texas history and that’s saying something when you got guys like Limas Sweed, Jordan Shipley, Sloan Thomas, B.J. Johnson, and Roy Williams who’ve represented the burnt orange at the ultimate level. He blessed Texas fans with big plays from his huge block versus Oklahoma clearing up the last few yards for Jordan Shipley to stroll into the end zone, to his game winning TD catch in the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl versus Ohio State. For years he showed the college football landscape that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog.
Quan finished his career second all-time in school history with 212 receptions, third in all-purpose yards with 2,598, and alongside QB Colt McCoy they became the all-time leading duo for completions with 191. I could sit here all day and go down his resume but we’d be here all day, like Kobe Bryant’s resume, I’ll let that do all the talking.
After finishing his college career he took his talents to the NFL where he suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. From beginning to end Quan defied the odds and got to the ultimate level. What makes him even more impressive as an athlete in my eyes is the fact that he played four years of professional baseball in the Anaheim Angels organization as well, we’re talking uncharted territory when playing two professional sports.
The premise of my interviews is me talking to someone I’m a fan of and look up to. Being from Austin I cheered as Quan scorched college defenses for years and I also busted a few fools asses on NCAA football with him leading the charge. I wanted to catch up with one of the greatest Longhorns to ever do it and see what he’s been up to since he hung up the cleats and of course talk a little Longhorn football. So without further ado here is my conversation with Quan Cosby.
–This interview has been edited for length and clarity–
- P.A: It’s been a few years since we’ve seen you last play in the NFL. Something I’ve always been interested in is what athletes focus on when they retire. What have you devoted your attention to since?
- Quan: I believe each athlete is different, however, UT athletes typically move back to Austin to get involved in the city events and philanthropic passions. Of course what’s next from a professional perspective is on the agenda also. I have devoted my attention to exactly that, family work in commercial insurance for Marsh and being active on campus.
- P.A: I’m guessing since Texas is your alma mater that this upcoming season is a little different than usual. What do you expect from the Longhorns next season under the direction of Coach Herman?
- Quan: I expect the Horns to be very improved. The kids Coach Strong brought in are more mature and hungry. I think they took it personal that Coach Strong was fired and will work as hard as they can to change their college experience on the field. They have worked their butt off this spring and will continue to build on that work this summer.
- P.A: How did you feel when the Charlie Strong situation went down? From a former player yourself, how does a situation like that affect the locker room and the players Coach Strong recruited?
- Quan: I was saddened by it of course. If a coach is getting fired the program isn’t where it needs to be. The players loved Coach Strong and like anyone in the situation didn’t want him to go or like how it went down. The combination of the new staff and the players maturity actually will help the new locker room. Guy’s want to be successful and inviting all advice and mentorship on how to get there as well as coaching from the new staff.
- P.A: If there was one message you could give to these young group of players next season, what would it be?
- Quan: Compete like they never have before! Not in a pressure filled way but in a “I’m better than the guy across from me” way. Every opportunity to win, do exactly that and see how things change and in a hurry.
- P.A: What do you think has to happen for Texas football to return to National prominence like when you were on the Forty Acres?
- Quan: It really simple actually, WIN! On paper we didn’t pass the eye test and yet our class won more games in the 4 years than any other in the history of UT football. How did we do it? We won! In the classroom, on the practice field, with relationships, with giving back, and of course on the field. We tried to be the best in every phase of life.
- P.A: There’s one question I’ve always wanted to ask you ever since I first saw you play at UT. Your technique was flawless from your footwork, to the way you used your hands, to the way you ran routes, it was very well done. Would you ever consider coaching on a high level like Division 1 football?
- Quan: I love to coach kids and share expertise, however, I wouldn’t be passionate about it as a profession. I’m pretty old school and recruiting kids and them not coming I would take too personal. I also would be way too honest to too many of these projected stars ha. Last but not least, they don’t have much time for anything other than coaching and that’s just not the life I want for my family and me, it takes some tough families to handle the coaching lifestyle.
- P.A: One last one for all the fans out here. What’s next for you? Business ventures, philanthropy work? Where can we look for you in the future?
- Quan: For me, I’m back in Austin and loving every second of it! I’m on now on the Safe Alliance board as well as Habitat for Humanity, two great causes! I am still helping on the radio with Craig Roger. On game day and as I mentioned before, I do commercial insurance with the best in the business Marsh McLennan. I’m fairly easy to find either on campus or somewhere in the area trying to do my part. Hook Em!