Just weeks before he will graduate with an MS in marketing from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Stephen McGee ’07 received a job offer unlike that of any of his classmates: he has been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
McGee, who was a starting quarterback for the Aggies for two years, was chosen in the fourth round of the NFL draft on April 26. Fellow Aggie Mike Goodson was also drafted and will play for the Carolina Panthers.
“I’ve had Stephen for an undergraduate course and four graduate courses, and I’ve been his advisor for the past two years. I’ve never had a student who had such little free time, but still managed to take care of all his course responsibilities so well,” said Stephen McDaniel, marketing professor and director of the MS-marketing program. “I also have never had a student who was more respectful and considerate of others. His nature is to always put other people first. He has truly endeared himself to all the students and faculty.”
McGee’s selection by the iconic Texas team is a dream come true for the athlete, who has admired the Cowboys since childhood. Much more than just a football player, McGee has also made academics and community service priorities during his five and half years at A&M. He holds a bachelor’s in marketing from Mays in addition to his nearly completed graduate degree. He has also been a frequent speaker in the community for youth and charity events, using his celebrity status to benefit others. For his efforts, McGee was recognized with the 2008 Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Bobby Bowden Athlete of the Year award. The national prize is given to one college football player each year that epitomizes the student-athlete persona: one who conducts himself as a model in the community, in the classroom, and on the field.
In 2008, McGee was recognized by his teammates with the Aggie Heart Award, the highest honor for an A&M football player. The award honored McGee for his effort, desire, determination, competitiveness, leadership, and courage.
McGee hails from Burnet, Texas.
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- The Battalion: Cowboys dream comes true for McGee