By Dennis Washington
PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Jordan Shipley knows football is not everything in life.
"I think what you've got to learn to do, especially when I've been around so long, that you've got to be able to separate football from the rest of your life."
The Texas wide receiver says he loves football, but admits it's nice to have a little time away from it.
"A lot of times when we go home we don't talk about it much and I don't watch it on TV much because we're around it so much that I think you've got to get some separation from it, and that helps."
Shipley talked about football and life during a team media interview Tuesday morning. He said he takes his status as a role model seriously.
"What I've started to realize is a lot of times people I meet throughout the day, I may only meet them one time in my whole life, so they've got that one impression of me in their mind. Just the older I've gotten, the more I've tried to just reach out to just people I see on a daily basis and obviously doing a lot of speaking at FCA groups and a few churches and things like that, just anything I can do to try to use the pedestal that I've been given to glorify God is my purpose."
Shipley says his message to kids is simple.
"A lot of times it's kids, and just showing them that you can represent Christ and that you can be really successful in what you do and that you can have an impact on people. I believe there's a reason that we're all here, and it's to glorify Him. So everything I do, that's my main purpose."
The No. 2 Longhorns, 13-0, are preparing to play No 1. Alabama, 13-0, Thursday for the BCS National Championship and Shipley says he doesn't mind being the underdog.
"This year has been a little different and it's been tougher for us throughout the year just because people have expected us to win all the games and be here, and when you've got to live up to that it's a little bit tougher."
Shipley says he has been dreaming about returning to the title game since Texas was there four years ago.
"I've been dreaming about it since I was a freshman when we watched that game from the sidelines. Just to be back here and healthy finally and to be a part of this deal has been a lot of fun."
Shipley said the most fun he's had this week was at the Lawry's Beef Bowl Monday night, where the entire team was fed huge prime rib steaks and entertained with a magic show. He said he can put the food away.
"I've eaten three before," Shipley said. "Yesterday I ate a meal in the middle of the afternoon, so I just ate two, took it easy on myself a little bit. Colt (McCoy) can definitely put away the food, also."
Shipley said he also had fun at Disneyland, but made a mistake by eating too much food before getting on a roller coaster.
"I definitely had a bad experience with one of them. I had a bunch of food right before I got on one of the roller coasters in the dark, and it wasn't a good deal. I had to go lay down for a little while afterwards."
Shipley says he takes all of the extra attention surrounding this game in stride.
"I think playing for Texas you've got to understand this is part of what goes along with having a successful team. We're just excited to be here, and we understand that our main goal is to come out here and win the game, so that's our main focus. We're excited to be here."
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