Miguel “Miggy” McCormick 11-year-old quarterback with the Terry Sanford football team

How often do you meet an 11-year-old who is passionate, dedicated and persistent in their pursuit of becoming an outstanding athlete?

It’s rare, but Fayetteville’s Miguel “Miggy” McCormick is already on the fast track to stardom as a dual-threat quarterback. He’s a name to watch not only locally but statewide in the 2032 class.

McCormick’s football journey began when he was 5 years old. He became interested in the game by watching others play, which fueled his interest. From the moment he started playing, he was hooked.

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“As a parent, all you can do is give them direction, so I decided to put him on the field because he was so much more mature than all the other kids, and it was like our father-son time that we spent together, and he just stuck with it,” Miggy’s father, Chris McCormick, said.

But what ultimately made Miggy McCormick stick with American football and become one of the best quarterbacks in his class?

As a member of the 336 Elite 7-on-7 Club, McCormick wears the number 8 on his uniform, but to him, it’s more than just a number—it’s what he lives for.

McCormick was born on June 8, 2013 at 8 a.m. and spent his first five minutes on the ground without a breath until he was brought back to life and became who he is today. McCormick also wears the symbolic number 8 for his older brother, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on Miggy’s birthday, and the loss of his closest friend, Jenesis Dockery, became a motivating factor in his commitment to the game.

“He’s been through a lot at such a young age,” Chris McCormick said of his son. “He’s seen a lot of death, more than most adults. But the fact that he’s so resilient and able to bounce back is what amazed us about him.

“Everyone has their own ‘why’, but they don’t know it at a young age. They know their ‘why’. We don’t dream, we hunt for the goal.”

Despite initial setbacks and social media buzz, as a model student at Riverside Christian Academy, Miggy McCormick remains unfazed and feels no pressure when he steps onto the football field.

“Things were annoying me when they first happened, but I’m good at ignoring everything around me and fighting it. God created me with a strong mindset to stay focused on the goals I’m trying to achieve,” McCormick said.

McCormick’s dedication to improving his game is unlike anything most people have ever seen. The 4-foot-7 quarterback starts his mornings with a 5:30 a.m. workout, five days a week, and is a regular on Terry Sanford’s varsity team, where he hopes to play high school football.

“I really love Terry Sanford and I like coach Bruce McClelland. He took me under his wing and as long as he’s there, I’m sticking with Terry Sanford,” McCormick said.

Both Miggy and his dad, Chris McCormick, have truly enjoyed the journey they’ve taken together to become one of the best players in the country. But for the McCormicks, it goes beyond the court, the training and the travel. It’s about building a family and relationships. “Everybody says there’s no ‘I’ in team, but there’s a ‘I’ in family, and that’s what we’re all about,” said Chris McCormick.

Miggy McCormick is a role model for many American football stars who go on to play at a high level in college and the NFL, such as Shedeur Sanders, Lamar Jackson, Odell Beckham and Deion Sanders during his playing days.

The final season in 2032 is still a long way off, but considering that a great athlete like McCormick is already showing signs of becoming a dangerous playmaker, it is safe to say that the talent of the Fayetteville team will continue to emerge, and viewers have a lot to be happy about.

“We’re aiming high. If we miss, we miss, but we’ll be closer than if we didn’t try,” said Chris McCormick.