Cody grew up in the Texas Panhandle. While playing college football at Texas Tech University he heard Darrell Scott present Rachel's Challenge. He remembered the Columbine tragedy taking place, but had never heard Rachel's story. He was challenged by her message of kindness and compassion to start his own chain reaction. After playing college and professional football, Cody decided he had to get Rachel's message out to students all across America. He has been speaking for Rachel's Challenge since 2007. Cody and his wife, Christy, live in Rockwall, Texas.