I’m still old enough to remember when you had five years max of being able to play college football, and that’s only if you got redshirted for a season. However, with the transfer portal and COVID year back in 2020, it’s become normal for an athlete to play five or six years…
And then there’s this guy, the Van Wilder of college football who has just been deemed eligible by the NCAA for his NINTH season of college football. Yes, you heard that correctly. This dude has been playing college football almost a decade.
Let me introduce you to Cam McCormick, a tight end for the University of Miami.
McCormick graduated from high school in 2016, and began his college football career at Oregon, playing there from 2016 to 2022.
The tight end redshirted his freshman year at Oregon, spending the season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered his senior year in high school. In 2017, he suffered from rhabdomyolysis along with two other teammates due to overly strenuous workouts. On top of that, the man broke his ankle in 2018, which required three surgeries, and tore his Achilles in 2021, causing him to be sidelined for most of the 2018-2021 seasons.
He transferred to Miami for the 2023 season.
McCormick was granted two additional years of eligibility prior to the 2020 season, and another year of eligibility due to his injury in 2021, which has ultimately led him to being eligible for a ninth season in 2024. This is just wild to me. Considering the amount of injuries the man racked up from 2016 to 2021, you would think the man would realize that football isn’t worth losing the ability to walk by the time he’s 40-years-old.
They’re gonna run out of classes for the man who has already obtained a Masters degree from Oregon, which is a great call, might I add. Good on you for getting that Masters. Can you imagine graduating after NINE years in college and then going home to teach gym to 8th graders in your hometown because you never focused on anything other than playing football?