In addition to playing football, McKivitz was a four-year basketball player at Union Local (Jacobsburg, OH) HS, earning allstate honors as a senior in 2014.
Didn't participate in organized football until he enrolled at Union Local before his sophomore year of high school in 2012.
He caught his first fish, a bluegill, at age 3. McKivitz notes that the largest fish he's ever caught was an 8-pounder which he caught in the Summer of 2019.
Is a fan of country music, citing Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band among his favorites.
McKivitz is a lover of outdoor activities, as he frequently spends his time with his dad, Matt, fishing and hunting, for deer, ducks and squirrels. "It was really my dad that got me into it," said McKivitz. "He's got me into everything in the outdoors, really. That's me and dad's time, the outdoor time. I'm just lucky to have that type of figure to learn from and that's kind of what I love most about the outdoors." Matt is known for creating unique hats from the animals the two of them have hunted. The elder McKivitz is famous for being seen sporting one at each of West Virginia's home games.
While the Mountaineers were on a bye in September of 2019, McKivitz returned to his former high school, Union Local, in Ohio to be honored at the homecoming game. The Jets retired McKivitz's number 53 in a pregame ceremony, an honor that McKivitz doesn't take lightly. "It was huge. At the time I didn't really understand the meaning of it. But now, once you look back on it, that number will never see the field again. It's a pretty big honor for me." Former Union Local offensive line coach Brion Schiappa echoed the sentiment, saying, "We're all just so proud of what Colton has accomplished, and it meant a great deal to honor him in that way."
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