Josh McCown is a Jacksonville native and professional athlete who is most known for his time as a quarterback in the NFL.
During his stay at both campuses, he was selected as the 81st overall choice in the NFL draught in 2002. After that, he joined the Arizona Cardinals. Josh remained with the organization for four years before signing with the Detroit Lions in 2006.
He would later play for the Oakland Raiders, Hartford Colonials, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Chicago Bears, among others.
He averaged a 79.7 passer rating throughout the course of his 16-year career. Josh McCown announced his retirement from the NFL at the completion of his 16th season.
Josh was offered the chance to replace current Eagles quarterback Cody Kessler after he sustained a devastating head injury. The Philadelphia Eagles gave him a one-year contract, which he accepted.
He intends to join ESPN as a sports writer and analyst after his current employment expires.
His NFL career began in 2002 when he was drafted 81st overall by the Arizona Cardinals. He was a member of the Cardinals from 1995 to 2005, but he didn’t get much playing time until the 2004 season. When he did, he completed 233 of 408 passes for a passer rating of 74.1 and 11 touchdowns. Josh was released by the Cardinals after the 2005 season, but he quickly found new employment with the Detroit Lions, signing a contract.
Unfortunately, he only played two games for the Detroit Lions before being traded to the Oakland Raiders, a move that didn’t last long either, as the Raiders didn’t offer him a new contract at the end of the 2007 season, and instead, he signed with the Miami Dolphins but was traded to the Carolina Panthers before putting on a jersey.
Josh couldn’t seem to catch a break, and after only three games in two years at Carolina, he tried to resurrect his career by signing a contract with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League; he played for them for one season, compiling 114 completions out of 202 attempts, leading to ten touchdowns. Josh returned to the NFL in August, assuming he was back on track, and signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, but was dismissed only a month later.
Josh, never one to give up, relocated once more, this time to the Chicago Bears, where he had a moderately successful season, appearing in eight games and throwing 13 touchdowns. As a result, he received the Brian Piccolo Award for earning a 109.0 passer rating, which was the third-highest in franchise history.
The Bears did not renew his contract, so he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $10 million; in his first season, he started 11 games before suffering an injury. He did, however, throw for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns in those 11 games. He was released the next season but signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns worth $14 million.
Unfortunately, injuries limited his playing time once again, and he has only appeared in 13 games for the Browns in two seasons, combining for 18 touchdowns. His net worth, on the other hand, continues to rise, so perhaps his career will follow suit.
Josh is married to Natalie and the couple has four children in his personal life.