"JM" Stickers Affixed to KU Helmets

Sept. 2, 2004

Lawrence, Kan. — In a show of support for defensive end John McCoy and all of the U.S. troops around the globe, the University of Kansas football team will affix McCoy’s initials, “JM” to the back of its helmets during the 2004 season. The decals are Jayhawk gold in color and approximately one inch tall.

“This is a small way that our team lends its support to John and all of the troops fighting for our freedom,” said KU head coach Mark Mangino.

McCoy, a senior from Richwood, Ohio, has been a member of the United States Army since July 2000. He was a member of the Lawrence-based 317th Quartermaster Battalion that departed for specialized training in late July. Last April, he received notice that his unit had been put on alert for mobilization.

McCoy’s career with the military began after his senior year of high school in Richwood, Ohio. Without a scholarship to an NCAA I university, McCoy made a goal to pay for college on his own.

McCoy appeared in 12 games last season for the Jayhawks and recorded 11 tackles, including one quarterback sack.