Greg McElroy is moving on. Just 25 years old, the former Jets signal caller tweeted his announcement to the world this morning.
At this time, I would like to announce my retirement from the NFL. pic.twitter.com/b9cUHLPj70— Greg McElroy (@GVMcElroy) March 21, 2014
A seventh-round pick (No. 208 overall) of the Jets in the 2011 NFL Draft, McElroy appeared in two games for the Green & White at the end of the 2012 season. He led the Jets to a Week 13 win over the Cardinals in a relief role and then made his lone professional start the following Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Chargers. After hearing that his son would make his first NFL start, Dallas Cowboys Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Greg McElroy gave his namesake the following advice.
“He’s like, ‘Hey enjoy this. You’ve been thinking about this since you were five years old. Since you could pick up a football and hold it in your right your hand — you’ve been thinking about this,’” McElroy told me. “He said, ‘Just enjoy it — don’t make it too big. You have nothing to lose. Go out there and have a great time and enjoy your teammates and do the best you possibly can in order to represent Jets Nation in a positive way.’”
Unfortunately G-Mac was sacked 11 times in a 27-17 loss to the ‘Bolts, he suffered concussion-like symptoms and would never take another regular season snap. Last August, the Jets waived McElroy with an injury designation as he missed three preseason games with a knee injury. McElroy signed on with the Bengals and spent the regular season on their practice squad.
McElroy, who had a 27-3 starting record at Alabama while posting the highest pass completion percentage (66.3%) and lowest interception percentage (1.52) in school history, always set the bar high for himself. A four-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection, McElroy was a Rhodes Finalist. He earned a degree from ‘Bama in business marketing with a 3.86 GPA and then earned a master’s degree in human environmental science with a concentration in sports management.
G-Mac is a special dude and we all here at the Jets wish him best luck in his future endeavors.