Before he was a hero in Washington for beating the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, before he was a starter for the Cleveland Browns and even before he led the Texas Longhorns to the national championship game, Colt McCoy was a pitchman for his uncle's pharmacy.

Now that McCoy has led the Redskins to a pair of improbable victories, an old video has turned up on Larry Brown Sports of McCoy acting as spokesman for his uncle's pharmacy in Texas.

McCoy is 17 in this 2003 video and a star at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas.

Awkward, yes, but remember that McCoy is still a higher schooler here. Pros like Dustin Pedroia and Joe Flacco have starred in spots that are much worse than this one.

While Washington coaches insist Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback once he's healthy, McCoy's solid performance in his home state on Monday night (he was 25-for-30 for 299 yards and he ran for a score) should buy him some time. Washington takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

If McCoy keeps up the strong play, he should earn himself enough publicity to star in another commercial. And it's safe to say the next one will be better than his first.

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