NEW YORK — Josh McCown was typically the beginning quarterback, usually the backup — and all the time among the many most-respected and well-liked gamers in no matter locker room he was in.
And there have been many.
McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a chunk for The Gamers’ Tribune posted Monday that he’s retiring from enjoying soccer after an NFL profession that spanned 16 NFL seasons and included stints with 10 groups. He can be serving to coach his two sons — additionally quarterbacks — in highschool this 12 months. McCown stated he additionally plans to work as a TV soccer analyst sooner or later, and ESPN stated later Monday it had employed him as an NFL analyst.
McCown was usually thought-about a “bridge” quarterback, and his profession file as a starter was solely 23-53. However McCown’s profession was about greater than numbers.
“I assume it simply goes to indicate that you simply don’t all the time get to decide on your personal path,” McCown wrote. “However wanting again, I’m happy with how my profession has gone. I don’t draw back from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full drive.
“As a result of it’s been one heck of a journey.”
He performed the final two seasons with the New York Jets, serving because the starter in 2017 and as a veteran backup to rookie Sam Darnold final 12 months. Darnold usually raved about how McCown ready each week, significantly throughout a four-game stretch when the rookie was sidelined by a foot harm. McCown stuffed in throughout that point for Darnold, who stepped again into the beginning job when he was wholesome and completed his first NFL season with a flourish.
“Simply watching Josh, simply the best way he went about learning the performs which can be within the recreation plan, it’s actually the whole lot, walkthrough, observe, how he handled the whole lot,” Darnold stated late final season. “I believe it was simply superior to have the ability to be taught and watch him.”
McCown issued a press release by means of agent Mike McCartney shortly earlier than the NFL’s new 12 months started in March that his want to proceed enjoying remained sturdy, however he wished to spend extra time along with his household to think about his choices. McCown, an unrestricted free agent, made the Jets conscious of his state of affairs, and New York signed Trevor Siemian to function the backup to Darnold this season.
McCown was a third-round draft decide of Arizona in 2002 out of Sam Houston State. McCown and Panthers defensive finish Julius Peppers have been the one remaining lively gamers from their draft class. Now, there are none; Peppers introduced his retirement in February.
After 4 seasons with the Cardinals, when he began 22 video games, McCown signed with Detroit as a free agent in 2006. Subsequent got here stints with Oakland (2007), Miami (2008) and Carolina (2008-09), after which a cease in 2010 with the Hartford Colonials of the United Soccer League. McCown additionally coached highschool ball throughout that point, and it appeared his NFL enjoying profession may be over.
He bought a glance from San Francisco throughout coaching camp in 2011, however was reduce earlier than the season. Chicago signed him, and he revived his profession with the Bears. He had what was then his finest season in 2013, when he threw for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns and only one interception whereas filling in for an injured Jay Cutler.
McCown signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2014, spent two years with Cleveland after which joined the Jets, for whom he had a profession 12 months in 2017. He had private highs of two,926 yards passing and 18 touchdowns with simply 9 interceptions in 13 begins earlier than lacking the final three video games with a damaged hand.
With New York’s quarterback state of affairs unsure final offseason, McCown was re-signed for one 12 months and $10 million. The Jets ended up buying and selling up within the draft to take Darnold at No. three general, and McCown grew to become a high-priced backup — one thing workforce chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson had no regrets about.
“Josh may be very beneficial whether or not he’s on the sector or not,” Johnson stated early final season. “Not only for Sam, however for lots of different gamers. They discuss his management. I believe he’s cash properly spent.”
McCown completed with 17,707 profession yards passing, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions, with a 60.2 completion proportion and 79.7 quarterback ranking.
“On the finish of the day, it doesn’t matter what workforce I used to be on, I attempted to serve it to the very best of my capability, and I attempted to affect my workforce in a optimistic method,” McCown wrote. “I hope I did that. And I made positive that when my quantity was known as, I used to be ready, and I gave it the whole lot I had, each time.”
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