As one would expect, QB Josh McCown comes to the Jets with more than a few statistics and achievements over his 14 previous NFL seasons. Here's McCown by the numbers:
1Number of Halls of Fame McCown has been inducted into. That would be the Sam Houston State Athletic HOF in 2013, a dozen years after he set records and piloted the Bearkats to a 10-3 record and the co-championship of the Southland Football League in '01.
2Number of Josh's football-playing siblings. Older brother Randy QB'd Texas A&M, the Spring Football League's Houston Marshalls and the Arena League's Houston ThunderBears. Kid bro Luke has played for five different NFL teams. In '03 the brothers held their first McCown Passing Camp in their hometown of Jacksonville, TX.
2Number of Sam Houston products on the Jets' current roster. That would be McCown and punter Lachlan Edwards. Keeping in mind that McCown played his first three college seasons at SMU before transferring to SMSU.
2Josh has been traded twice in his career — from the Lions to the Raiders for a fourth-round pick during the 2007 draft and from the Dolphins to the Panthers for a seventh-rounder in August 2008.
3Besides passing and leadership, McCown has displayed some pocket mobility. He has averaged 4.7 yards/carry for his NFL career, rushed for a career-high three TDs for Tampa Bay in 2014, and ran for two scores in a game twice, 10 years apart, both times against the Rams — for the Cards in '04 and the Bucs in '14.
4Number of stints as a volunteer assistant coach for the Marvin Ridge HS Mavericks of Waxhaw, NC, near his Charlotte home. He worked with the Mavs before and after his 2010 UFL season with Hartford (see below), then again after being released by the 49ers in 2011 and the Bears in '12. He also occasionally ran the school's show team in practice. Said Tyler Chadwick, Marvin Ridge's starter and son of the head coach, "I don't think anybody in the country had a better scout-team quarterback."
5'4"That was McCown's height at one point in high school. "My first driver's license said 5-foot-4. At 16, I was 5-4," he recalled. A growth spurt as a junior sent him on his way to his present size of 6'4" and 218 pounds.
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10The Jets are Josh's 10th NFL employer. His other teams in chronological order are Arizona, Detroit, Oakland, Miami (preseason only before a trade), Carolina, San Francisco (preseason only), Chicago, Tampa Bay and Cleveland.
12McCown's uniform number the only other time he called the New York area home. That was 2010 when he QB'd the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. In his debut in Hartford's season opener, he completed 11 of 21 for 265 yards and three TDs in the Colonials' 27-10 win over the Sacramento Mountain Lions, QB'd by Daunte Culpepper (his Raiders teammate in '07). We don't know what number McCown will wear as a Jet but it won't be No. 12.
13McCown's uniform number the past two seasons with the Browns. Besides 12 and 13, he also wore 15 for the Bears until WR Brandon Marshall arrived in 2012 and he shifted back to good old No. 12.
25The last uniform number McCown saw on Sept. 13, 2015. The player wearing that number was Jets S Calvin Pryor, who rocked scrambling Josh at the Jets 1 late in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that Antonio Cromartie recovered in the end zone. McCown left with a concussion and the Jets went on to win the season opener, 31-10.
81McCown was the Cardinals' third-round pick, 81st overall, in the 2002 NFL Draft.
109.0McCown has had his ups and downs but perhaps his best season was with the 2013 Bears, when he threw a career-high 13 touchdown passes (including four vs. Dallas) and just one interception and also posted career highs with his 66.5% accuracy, 27.5% TD drive percentage and 109.0 passer rating in eight games (five starts, 3-2 record).