East Texas Native Sets NFL Record
Jacksonville, Texas native Josh McCown set an NFL record this weekend, without having to throw a single pass in a game. Not to mention the way he did it might be more fascinating than the record itself.
According to ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter, McCown has been signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. That's not that astonishing, lots of players are signed to practice squads. But the fact that McCown is 41-years-old makes this an NFL record...he's now the oldest practice squad member in NFL history.
But the second half of that report from Schefter is maybe more incredible...McCown won't actually be joining the team unless its an emergency.
With this new deal with Philadelphia, McCown will stay at home in Texas, collect a $12,000 weekly salary, and won't have to put on a helmet unless something really bad happens. Which might be a possibility, with COVID issues still hovering around teams, and the fact that Philadelphia starting quarterback Carson Wentz has struggled to stay healthy through his career.
McCown's had a lengthy career to this point. He was a Third Round NFL Draft pick out of Sam Houston State in 2002. He was taken by the Arizona Cardinals, where he spent the first three years of his career. From there he went to the Detroit Lions, then Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and the Eagles. He had some practice squad stops mixed in there with Miami and San Francisco as well. Plus one year as the starter with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.