Glandorf, McCoy to tie the knot
July 3, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – Just weeks before her wedding to No. 12, Rachel Glandorf, a 6-foot, lean and blonde Baylor University graduate, appears calm and relaxed on a late June afternoon despite her serious to-do list, which includes officially becoming an NFL wife and moving from Austin to Cleveland.
Little did she know that her decision to go to Baylor after graduating from Vail Christian High School would lead her into the gaze of a star University of Texas quarterback. He’s Colt McCoy, now a rookie for the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s funny how that worked out,” said Glandorf, dressed in white denim, a ruffled blue top and gold sandals.
The former KEYE-TV intern and the star quarterback will marry at an undisclosed location in Austin this month. The couple declined to offer details about their wedding date or venue. But former teammates from Glandorf’s days of running track at Baylor and McCoy’s time at the University of Texas will be part of the festivities.
“We knew we’d have to elope or do it big,” said Glandorf, 23, who was born in Pasadena, Calif.
“I’m just really looking forward to our wedding day,” said McCoy. “I’m truly blessed to have found someone who believes in me the way she does, someone who has given up – and will continue to give up – so much so I can chase my dreams.
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“I can’t wait to spend that day with her and all the people who mean so much to both of us. I’m just a really lucky guy.”
Coy with McCoy
Glandorf met McCoy in summer 2008 when she was an intern at KEYE.
“I interviewed him multiple times before we actually went out toward the end of the summer,” she said. “Originally, I tried not to date him. I heard he was a good guy. But you never know.”
On date No. 1, Glandorf played it cool: she brought along a friend, to McCoy’s surprise.
“He wasn’t so happy about that,” she said.
They kept their dating a secret for a while.
“We didn’t want it to be uncomfortable for everyone,” she said. “Once the season started and I was sitting with his parents is when everyone figured it out.”
She began calling Austin home in spring 2009.
Glandorf has become close to McCoy’s family and treats his brothers, Chance and Case – the latter a Texas freshman – as her own. She said she got to know the family well on long game days.
Now, numerous games later, it’s time for Glandorf to officially become part of that family.
The main colors of the wedding will be navy and white with touches of yellow, said Courtney Caplan, president of wedding planner Caplan Miller Events.
The bride will wear a custom ivory gown with hand-embroidered lace and a combination of hand-cut flowers and crystal detailing.
“We pieced together the perfect gown,” Glandorf said.
McCoy designed his bride-to-be’s wedding ring. He, best man Jordan Shipley, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and McCoy’s college roommate, and the groomsmen will skip tuxedos for suits.
The bridal party will include 15 ushers, six bridesmaids and six groomsmen and seven women in the house party.
“I didn’t want our wedding to be a boring awards banquet,” Glandorf said.
A honeymoon to the Bahamas has been planned, Glandorf said.
“Hopefully we’ll sneak that in,” she said.
As a rookie, McCoy doesn’t have a flexible football schedule. Training camp is expected to begin in late July.
Since their engagement in January, the couple hasn’t seen each other on a regular basis.
“I don’t think I have seen him more than five times,” Glandorf said.
To the dismay of Longhorn fans, McCoy injured his right throwing shoulder during Texas’s 37-21 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship, but the injury didn’t stop McCoy from proposing to Glandorf a week later on Jan. 11.
That night McCoy told Glandorf that he had to pick up his cleats at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
“I had asked him a million times to go out on the field,” she said.
Each time McCoy had an excuse, but that night Glandorf had decided it was her last shot to be on the field.
“We were on the 50, and I turned to see ‘Rachel, I love you! Will you marry me? Colt,'” on the giant scoreboard screen, she said. “Then, I turned around to see him down on his knee. He left the day after we got engaged, and I didn’t see him for a month.”
Glandorf said she is used to McCoy’s schedule and dedication to football. After all, during his senior year at Texas, they saw each other five hours a week, she said.
“I think I saw him more when I went to Baylor,” she said. “Being an athlete, I know the time commitment.” (In college, she ran the 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters.)
For her 23rd birthday in June, Glandorf, who has a degree in journalism-public relations, took a last-minute flight to Cleveland to see McCoy for a day. It was her first trip to the city, which she’ll soon call home. While there, she met one of McCoy’s strength coaches who’s from Texas, and the coach’s wife took Glandorf on a tour of the Rust Belt city.
McCoy, who’s living in a hotel these days, usually works 14-hour days, and the two catch up at night over the phone.
“We usually talk a little bit right before we go to bed,” Glandorf said. “He really likes his rookie class.”
The move to Cleveland away from their family and friends doesn’t worry Glandorf. Her parents, Steve and Liisa Glandorf, relocated from Colorado to the Georgetown, Texas area, north of Austin; her brother, Todd, attends San Diego State University in California.
“We’ve kind of been preparing for the last few years for this time,” Glandorf said.
The couple will be back in Austin during the off-season, she said. The bride-to-be said she doesn’t plan on jumping into a career. She wants to do some volunteer and community work, and eventually have a few little McCoys to watch over. (“Colt and I both love kids and plan to have quite a few,” she said.)
The plan is clear: She wants to “get settled and have some Colt time.”
“We just need to have that time, and I want to be there when he gets home,” Glandorf said.