McNabb had contracts to play in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But it was the era of the Vietnam War and the draft, and Uncle Sam called.
He went on to a distinguished military career and flew two combat tours in Southeast Asia from 1969-71. He earned the Flying Cross in 1971.
His offensive line coach at Duke was Mike McGee, who was the head coach at East Carolina on Nov. 14, 1970, when the Pirates defeated Marshall just hours before the fateful plane crash.
McNabb has had an incredible life. He really did not dream of going to college, but he did. He was a football hero, a war hero and today is a leader in business and education in the Dallas area.
He got his MBA at Duke and then went into the oil business. He is on the board of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and is a finance professor at the University of Houston, from where he travels and teaches in China, Dubai and India.
He's in Charleston visiting today and tomorrow on his way to go duck hunting in Maryland. His brother Bobby is a distinguished WVU grad and is on the Foundation Board and the College of Arts and Sciences Board.
McNabb is one of many youngsters who have been helped and guided by McCoy. He also says that winning the Hunt Award in 1961 "changed his life forever."
It's been an incredible life.