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Derek McCartney, Grandson of Legendary Colorado Head Coach Bill McCartney, Embracing Leadership Role

DerekMcCartney1_WEBThere’s a saying that goes “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

This season, Colorado Buffaloes senior linebacker Derek McCartney looks to prove that mantra to himself.

McCartney, a fifth-year senior from Westminster, was poised to play a big role for the Buffs in what turned into their magical 2016 season. However, his year was cut short following an ACL tear during CU’s 45-28 loss at Michigan less than a month into the season.

“It’s tough,” McCartney said. “It’s really hard when that kind of thing happens, but at the same time I was really blessed to be on this team and I was really happy for my teammates.”

Getting to where he’s at now has had ups and downs along the way, but this season McCartney looks to bounce back from that devastating injury and pick up where he left off.

“The whole recovery process is long and sometimes it’s very difficult,” he said. “But you just keep taking it one day at a time and at this point I’m feeling really good and I’m excited to get out there with my teammates.”

As most of the black and gold faithful probably know, Derek is the grandson of former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney, who coached the Buffs from 1982-1994 and was at the helm when CU captured a National Championship in 1990.

“He’s definitely inspired me a ton [and] he still texts me almost every day saying any kind of encouragement he can think of,” McCartney said of his grandfather. “He’s just always sending me something, and when I talk to him all he does is encourage.”

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