At Navy, he starred as a wide receiver and kick returner, setting school records and leading the Midshipmen to victory in the 1978 Holiday Bowl. There, he caught a 65-yard touchdown pass against Brigham Young and was named Most Valuable Player. After a five-year hitch as a helicopter pilot transporting nuclear weapons, McConkey returned to football. At 27, he signed with the New York Giants despite those who thought him too small and too old. The odds, he knew, were long.