Oregon Ducks fan leads clothing development effort for injured tight end Cam McCormick
Oregon Ducks tight end Cam McCormick’s misfortune with injuries has been heartbreaking for many, but his determination and commitment to the program and his return to the field is inspiring.
So much so that a local project has sprung up to celebrate both his drive and character and help McCormick take advantage of the new NCAA rules allowing players to capitalize on their name, image and reputation. resemblance.
A clothing line is now available for pre-order. One of the main designs appearing on t-shirts and hoodies shows a photo of McCormick during his 16-yard reception at Ohio State on September 11. Along with the photo, there is the phrase, “Whatever it is, I got the first down.”
McCormick said the words to GoDucks.com reporter Rob Moseley after the game, as the severity of his injury was not yet known.
In the end, McCormick tore his Achilles right out of the coin. It’s another in a long line of injuries that have hampered his college career. McCormick broke his left leg in the opener of the 2018 season. Complications and numerous surgeries caused him to miss the 2019 and 2020 seasons as well. He worked again to play this season, only to sustain another serious injury at Ohio State, where Oregon won 35-28.
McCormick’s response to the injury led to the development of clothing, which can be pre-ordered until 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, by visiting the merchandise website.
Ducks fan Jim Davis, a 1994 UO graduate, watched the Ohio State game from his home in Seattle. The editor oThe Scotsman Guide, a mortgage magazine, said he had followed McCormick’s story and was impressed with how he got back to the field.
Davis watched the game on the phone with a good friend, and the two cheered as McCormick made his first and last catch of the season on a third down from the Oregon 2-yard line.
After the game, Davis noticed that a Ducks player had remained on the field.
âThen you see it’s Cam McCormick and he’s hopping off the field on one leg,â Davis said. “And you’re like ‘Oh no, not that.'”
Davis, of Baker City, said he rooted ducks the most in small towns because he came from a small town in Oregon. Seeing McCormick, who is from Summit High School in Bend, fall like that has hit him hard, he said. But when Davis saw McCormick’s quote after the game, he marveled at the positive attitude of the tight end.
“I’m moaning and moaning if my wifi went out for five minutes and here’s a kid who’s been through it all and that’s his answer?” Davis said.
Inspired, Davis said he went to an Oregon fan forum and posted about McCormick and suggested someone do some sort of fundraising for him. The message received a positive response but eventually Davis realized it was his idea, so maybe he should take matters into his own hands.
âIt seemed like a good idea to help a kid who has had such a difficult trip,â Davis said.
Davis reached out to McCormick’s mother, Deb McCormick, on Twitter.
New rules for name, image and likeness allow players to benefit from sponsorship offers. A sidelined player like McCormick, however, could struggle to benefit from the new rules. Davis hopes this effort could help McCormick build on his story, which Davis says is both heartbreaking and inspiring.
To create the shirts, Davis obtained a photo of McCormick in action from a photographer at GoDucks.com. A graphic designer, who Davis said wanted to remain anonymous, designed the artwork. The University of Oregon brand management and compliance team approved the project.
The response from fans, said Deb McCormick, has been overwhelming. The wave of support for Cam McCormick since his last injury has fueled him.
âThe Oregon Ducks have some of the best and most passionate fans in the country, and this act of generosity and thoughtfulness proves they have the biggest hearts too,â said Cam McCormick. “I can’t thank them enough – that represents the world to me.”
– Aaron Fentress | [email protected] | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).
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