One former UNLV Rebel is getting a second chance at football

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-24 21:43:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gabe McCoy is no stranger to Las Vegas.

"Vegas is home for me," McCoy said. "That's my second home. I grew up here. This is the city that helped me become a man."

From college football to indoor football, McCoy's football career isn't over yet.

"I remember our first game, we had an almost packed house. It was beautiful to see Vegas show out," he said. "To see how the kids and all the families embrace the team. It's beautiful to see, it's electrifying. The energy is crazy"

The linebacker formed a special bond with the city of Las Vegas, dating back to his playing days with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"We had a couple season ticket holders who came down and got to pick their seats. A couple people recognized me from UNLV," McCoy said. "They were like, 'yeah! You were No. 25. We used to go to all of the UNLV games.' That's a beautiful thing to see. It's humbling to me that people still remember me, and that I was that impactful."

McCoy says getting back on the gridiron was all about unfinished business.

"I always told myself I never wanted to stop playing the game if I'm truly not done with it. You only get a certain amount of years to play football from like the age of seven to mid-thirties and that's if you're lucky," Mccoy said. " But I've always told myself, I wanna get the most out of this game."

The Vegas Knight Hawks are 4-6 on the season and will travel to face the Frisco Fighters on Saturday.