In 2002, the Houston Texans had been a variety workforce making ready for his or her first season and Josh McCown had simply wrapped up his faculty profession at within reach Sam Houston
HOUSTON — In 2002, the Houston Texans had been a variety workforce making ready for his or her first season and Josh McCown had simply wrapped up his faculty profession at within reach Sam Houston State.
Again then the Texas local longed to play for the brand new franchise, however he used to be drafted through Arizona as an alternative.
Nineteen seasons and 9 groups later, the quarterback in spite of everything were given his want when he signed with the Texans this month to be their 3rd quarterback in the back of Deshaun Watson and AJ McCarron.
“Going again to pre-draft and the whole lot that went on (in 2002) … I adopted it carefully as it used to be any other workforce in Texas,” McCown mentioned. “The need to come back right here used to be sturdy. Issues simply figure out humorous, however to be right here 19, nearly 20 years later is loopy.”
McCown joins the Texans after spending the early a part of the season at the Eagles apply squad, a task that allowed him to stick at his house in Texas on account of the pandemic as an alternative of reporting to Philadelphia.
He closing gave the impression in a recreation in January when he took over for an injured Carson Wentz in Philadelphia’s 17-Nine playoff loss to Seattle.
Period in-between trainer Romeo Crennel preferred the theory of including any person with McCown’s resume to his roster in a season the place the pandemic has the possible to knock gamers out at any time.
“If we lose a quarterback to the virus, now then we’ve a confirmed, skilled man within the on-deck circle or within the bullpen in order that we will be able to pull from that man,” Crennel mentioned. “He has an incredible quantity of enjoy. He’s noticed so much, accomplished so much.”
Since McCown has been within the NFL because the Texans was a workforce, it’s no wonder that at 41 he’s through some distance the oldest participant at the workforce. He’s seven years older than Houston’s second-oldest gamers, lengthy snapper Jon Weeks and tight finish Darren Fells.
His complex age has had some gamers poking amusing at him since he joined the workforce.
“He’s been round for a very long time, he’s prehistoric necessarily,” linebacker Whitney Mercilus mentioned. “It’s superior to have him within the construction, additionally to deliver his wealth of data to the quarterback room.”
McCown doesn’t have in mind any person regarding him as prehistoric ahead of, however doesn’t thoughts the good-natured ribbing from his teammates.
“It comes with the territory,” he mentioned. “When you’ve got the best fortune of taking part in this lengthy, I assume it’s a blessing to be made amusing of because of this. Possibly if it used to be rather less stops alongside the best way, it could be a little bit bit higher tale.”
McCown spent closing season with the Eagles after taking part in the former two seasons for the Jets. He spent 4 seasons with the Cardinals when they drafted him within the 3rd spherical and has additionally performed for the Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Buccaneers and Browns.
He’s performed 102 video games and thrown for 17,731 yards and 98 touchdowns in his profession.
Whilst he nonetheless has the will to play, McCown mentioned an advantage of becoming a member of the Texans is the danger to paintings with Watson and proportion his wisdom of the sport with the 25-year-old.
“Any approach I will serve and lend a hand a tender quarterback like Deshaun proceed to do what he’s doing, that’s the icing at the cake,” he mentioned. “That’s what I wish to get out of this. Simply to be part of a company, be part of one thing, a gaggle of fellows coming in combination to perform one thing.”
And even if he’s been within the NFL since maximum of his teammates had been in fundamental faculty, he nonetheless believes he may play successfully if referred to as upon. His tasks as a father have helped stay him in form as he’s elderly.
“The longer I’ve been on this recreation and been round those guys, I see actual worth in having the ability to be part of a company and compete on the absolute best degree,” he mentioned. “So… each time I in spite of everything take the cleats off, I indubitably see that sooner or later.”
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