Josh McCown who was born on July 4, 1979 in Jacksonville, Texas. He is the new QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and been in the NFL since 2002. He is one of the oldest QBs to get a second chance in the NFL. Made his career as a professional back-up QB.
10 interesting facts about the football player, Josh McCown
Josh McCown Facts #1:
Josh McCown has played QB for 8 different NFL teams: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Josh McCown Facts #2:
Josh McCown was a two letter high school athlete in football and basketball. In football, he was the East Texas Player of the Year and in basketball, he was on the All-District Second Team.
Josh McCown Facts #3:
Josh McCown played QB three years at SMU and then transferred to Sam Houston State to get himself more “NFL like ” experience to improve his chances at being drafted in the NFL draft. SMU was a more run oriented team, while Sam Houston State was more of a passing team as evidenced by McCown surpassing his total TDs thrown and threw for almost 80% one in year there as opposed to his cumulative three years at SMU.
Josh McCown Facts #4:
Josh McCown had an amazing NFL Combine pushing his stock up before the draft, which led to the Arizona Cardinals drafting him in the third round.
Josh McCown Facts #5:
Josh McCown is married and live in North Carolina with his wife Natalie and their four children.
Josh McCown Facts #6:
In 2014, after replacing Chicago Bears Jay Cutler for most of the mid-season games, McCown stock in the NFL rose and he was no longer considered a back-up and was looking for a starting QB job thus making the Chicago Bears decision easy to release him. New coach and ex-Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith eagerly signed Josh McCown in March to a 2 year $10 million dollar deal and quickly named him the starting QB over Mike Glennon.
Josh McCown Facts #7:
Josh McCown since being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals has had brief periods where he left the NFL only to find his way back to a roster. In 2010, he found himself in the United Football League and was quarterback for the Hartford Colonials. The following year, in 2011, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers but was released a month later and became the assistant coach at Marvin Ridge High School. Just under two months later with an injury o Chicago Bear’s Jay Cutler, McCown was signed by the Chicago Bears and was officially back in the NFL and in the next few years was released and re-signed by the Bears a few times depending on he health of Jay Cutler.
Josh McCown Facts #8:
Josh McCown had to switch his number, from 15 to 12 when the Bears signed WR Brandon Marshall during the period he was temporarily cut thus allowing them to resign his number without drama or cost to Brandon Marshall. The norm is for a player to “sell” his number or keep it, his decision. Marshall has always been a diva so I suspect that was a choreographed maneuver by the Bears to placate Marshall.
Josh McCown Facts #9:
Josh McCown had a an amazing 8 games filling in for Bears QB Jay Cutler. He finished those 8 games with a completion percentage of 66.8%, 1,829 yards, 13TDs and a 109 passer rating which was the best QBR rating in Chicago Bears history. He finished third in QBR in the NFL only trailing Peyton Manning and Nick Foles.
Josh McCown Facts #10:
Josh McCown was the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award by his fellow Bears teammates in 2014 for being the best Bear player who exemplifies loyalty, courage, dedication, teamwork and sense of humor. the award is named after former Bears running back Brian Piccolo who lost his battle at age 26 to cancer.
Sources: CNN, Sporting News, Biography, ESPN, jockbio, ducksters, Forbes
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