Tyriq McCord has had a long and winding Hurricanes career.
He arrived in 2012 as a 6-foot-3, 220-pound pass-rushing specialist from Tampa. By his senior year, he was a 239-pound outside linebacker. He produced some bright moments (the 2013 Florida game; this hit; a career with 110 tackles, 21.5 for loss, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions). He saw some dark days (playing too early as a freshman on UM’s record-worst defense of 2012, the 6-7 season of 2014, a coaching change).
McCord, nicknamed “The Freak,” was one of the Hurricanes’ more unique personalities. He was usually a very interesting interview. He also had an affinity for posting cat memes on his Twitter (and got into trouble on social media for other reasons). Before the NFL draft began, McCord was in a reflective mood about his career and the city he feels welcomed him, so he wrote a thank-you note:
Here’s what he wrote (lightly edited):
You’re such a temptation…but damn, you were so good to me.
You welcomed me as if I was your own and it’s been love ever since. We had our ups, we had our downs. But even with the negativity you never gave up on me. You stayed loyal in my corner. You criticized me only to make me stronger, and praised me when I was high. But you always reminded me there was someone out there trying to stop my shine. Miami thank you for every single little thing you have done, from fans at the games or even at the store when I got groceries, and even to the time I was refused access to a bar because of my ethnicity, everything made me stronger and the man I am today standing here before you.
You blessed me with the opportunity to remresent you at so many different cities. You granted me the chance to make a name for myself. You also allowed me to mature and grow from [an] immature boy to [a] mature young man. Thank you Miami for everything. There is no other city like you that’s why I know I will be just fine. I will always love you from the bottom of my heart and that’s real.
To my college coaches, thank you for sharing your wisdom of the game and seeing something I did not see in myself (playing linebacker).
To my teammates, I love y’all boys man and pray nothing but success for y’all boys, go get them rings man sky is the limit!!!
And to everyone, stay blessed man ’cause God works in mysterious ways man! I have seen and lived the blessings he has shared.
2 things I want y’all to always remember man…
#Godislove and #FreeGuwop.
McCord, who is widely projected to go undrafted, is likely to sign as a rookie free agent. When he was interviewed on UM’s pro day on March 31, he said he wasn’t sweating it. “I’m prepared for whatever situation comes,” he said, adding that would watch the draft at home in Tampa.
“I hate to say it but my time down in Miami has come to an end, unless I get picked up by Miami,” he said. “Of course I’m going to be back. Gotta be back. I love this team. The young guys need to know we’re a part of this team. I can’t say away from them for long. It’s been tremendous.”