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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Former Canadian Football League player looking to coach

Wane McGarity is trying to blend in at the University of Texas several years after he was a campus star.
McGarity has returned to the classroom as a 30-year-old college student attempting to finish his degree. The ex-Cowboys receiver and punt returner is scheduled to graduate this month and hopes to get into high school coaching.
The San Antonio native is back in his hometown and makes the regular commute to Austin. When he's not in class, McGarity is a speed trainer at Xtreme Speed training center in San Antonio. He also remains close to the Longhorns program and has a radio show in San Antonio.
McGarity's blazing speed was his best trait during his playing days, which ended last year in the Canadian Football League. He played three seasons in the NFL. He also played three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders and one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
Did you ever think you would go back to school?
It was always important. From the first day I signed, I always wanted to get a degree from the University of Texas. I was lucky enough I got a chance to go back. It's very different being a 30-year-old student. I just sit at my desk quiet as a mouse.
How hard has it been stepping away from football?
I miss it all the time. I miss the competition of being around the team and going for that one goal. I wish I could have stayed in Dallas forever, from being a fan all my life. I wish it could have worked out. But I feel like this whole journey has been a success.
Did you think an NFL career was possible after three knee major knee surgeries?
I wasn't going to play. I already said that I had three knee surgeries, and I never thought I would have a chance. But I got lucky to get invited to the combine. I had pro aspirations as a sophomore in college. It was the way I bounced back and worked hard. I never showed any lost ability.
What was your lasting memory from your time in Dallas?
My rookie season scoring a touchdown against Denver in the preseason was big for me. I didn't care if it was the preseason. I was a like a little kid out there. I never thought I would be where I was. Those are stories I tell myself. It was all a dream. I did that against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Why do you think things didn't work out better in the NFL?
I didn't think I was a bad player, it just didn't happen. You just have to get the breaks. I felt like I was lucky to be in that situation anyway. I never thought I could compete with those guys on a day-to-day basis. I wasn't even going to do it going out of college.
Position: Wide receiver
Career: Cowboys, 1999-2001; Saints, 2001; Calgary Stampeders (Canadian Football League), 2003-2004; Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2005.
Age: 30
Residence: San Antonio
Occupation: Speed and agility trainer at Xtreme Speed in San Antonio and student at University of Texas.
Family: wife, Jessica
Notable: Fourth-round draft pick in 1999.... Had 38 catches for 348 and one touchdown in three NFL seasons.... Led Cowboys in punt returns in 2000 (11.8 avg.) and two touchdowns.... Had 117 catches for 1,603 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons with Calgary.... Had 14 catches for 123 yards for Winnipeg in 2005.... CFL West Division all-star in 2003 when he had 55 catches for 799 yards and six touchdowns for Calgary.... Returned a missed field goal 126 yards for a touchdown in 2003.... First UT receiver to produce 1,000-yard receiving season with 1,087 in 1998.... Holds single-game record for touchdowns (4) at Texas.... Owns longest reception in UT history with 97-yard touchdown vs. Oklahoma in 1998.


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