After over 17 years and ten NFL teams, veteran quarterback Josh McCown is calling it a career. McCown announced his decision on Monday by writing his retirement letter for The Players’ Tribune.
McCown was selected in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback then spent four seasons with the team before playing with nine other NFL franchises over the next 13 seasons.
The veteran has been a member of the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
In his retirement letter, McCown states:
“I guess it just goes to show that you don’t always get to choose your own path. 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.”
With his experience with so many teams, McCown has been seen as the player-coach on the sideline, being a mentor for the younger quarterbacks he has worked with. Most recently with Sam Darnold.
Over the past two seasons, McCown has spent his days with the New York Jets. In 2018, the veteran served as a backup / QB tutor for the rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
McCown has never been one to put up mind-boggling numbers, but his knowledge of the game is impressive. With his retirement, McCown will be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst.
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