Cody Hodges stayed the entire day the high school I graduated in East Texas from back in 2004 and according to the town paper and school officials I have talked to, the kids had a blast and loved Cody. It was part of Rachel's Challenge tour and there were 80 students selected from the High School out of 350 and 20 out of 200 Middle School Students. They spent the entire day in the High School Gymnasium doing exercises and reading about Rachel Scott's story and her desire to help people in need and in trouble. From all accounts, the teachers said Cody was about as down to earth as possible. I talked to a teacher about it and said, "You know he led the nation in passing his one year as a starter, played for the Titans, beat Oklahoma and led Tech to a Cotton Bowl berth." She was shocked, the thought he was a back-up or a scrub. She was even more impressed after I told her those things.
Cody then visited the Football team, who has a new coach and we had moved to the spread last year after years running the Double wing and the Wishbone and being one of East Texas's elite programs. Cody dropped by to tell them about his days at Hereford and also said that as atheletes, their role is to make the school a better place first and winning will come. Our new Coach thought the players would want to meet a guy who led the nation in passing and beat out Graham Harrell for a starting job.
One last thing, Cody was getting some ribbing from some Texas fans on the football team about getting blasted by Texas his senior year, Cody then said "Well we beat A&M that year and beat Oklahoma, and yes the running back crossed the goal line. He then said, since 2005, our Record against Oklahoma is 4-4, what is Texas's record? Same as Tech's, 4-4.
The room was quiet. Haha.
God bless you Cody! Keep fighting the good fight!
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