Longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown has announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NFL according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.
McCown made the announcement himself in a post on The Players’ Tribune. Originally a third-round pick out of San Jose State by the Arizona Cardinals way back in 2002, McCown had a long, career that saw him mostly as a backup for 10 different NFL teams as well as the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
His best season came as Jay Cutler’s fill-in for the 2013 Bears. That earned him a second life as a bridge-type quarterback, most recently for the New York Jets the past two seasons. McCown started 76 games over the course of his career, completed 60.2 percent of his passes and had a 98:82 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
There are players that would consider McCown’s career a failure because he never ascended to the top echelon of starting QBs in the NFL.
But McCown made it clear he that he is proud of his accomplishments and has enjoyed the entire ride.
“I guess it just goes to show that you don’t always get to choose your own path,” McCown wrote. “But looking back, I’m proud of how my career has gone. I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force. Because it’s been one heck of a journey.”
Revered everywhere he has played, McCown was pursued for coaching opportunities before he even retired. He will likely have his pick of sideline jobs if he chooses the coaching route and his chiseled blond good looks and wealth of football knowledge will undoubtedly garner broadcasting offers.
McCown will turn 40 years old on July 4.