Tide QB proud of being a finalist
By Michael Casagrande
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After six months of Twitter silence, Greg McElroy’s account was dusted off Saturday evening.
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The message he relayed wasn’t the one he had hoped would break his social networking moratorium.
“I did not receive the Rhodes scholarship,” read the Tweet posted late Saturday evening. “But, being a finalist is a great achievement. Thanks for all the support and Roll Tide.”
After months of essay writing, application completing and interview practicing, McElroy’s bid to earn the prestigious scholarship to study in England at the University of Oxford ended. The Crimson Tide quarterback had a final interview Saturday. Hewas one of 12 finalists in his district. There are 16 districts in the U.S., from which 32 Rhodes Scholars are chosen each year.
McElroy told The Tuscaloosa News that graduates of the Naval Academy and Harvard were awarded the scholarships from the Birmingham interviews. In the 106-year history of the Rhodes Scholarship, 15 have gone to University of Alabama graduates.
With the football season reaching an apex at the same time as the application process, McElroy needed to master time management. He spent about an hour per week doing mock interviews.
“There’s nothing that can prepare you for it,” McElroy said Thursday night after the Georgia State win. “I think that’s what makes me so anxious about the situation. I just don’t know what questions they are going to ask.”
By Saturday night, though, the process was done.
“Even though I wasn’t selected for a Rhodes Scholarship, I am very proud to have had the opportunity to take part in the finalist interviews today in Birmingham,” read McElroysaid in a news release from the school. “Just the chance to interview is a tremendous accomplishment in my life, and something that I will look back on with pride. I want to thank everyone at the University of Alabama for the way they have supported me in this process, and the belief they had in me. The University of Alabama has had a profound impact on my life and I will forever be grateful.”