Let's Pour One Out for Retirement Dude Josh McCown
Carving out a career of any length in the NFL is impressive, regardless of context.
However, 16 seasons is just plain silly, especially if you possess a limited skill set.
The completely mediocre SMU and Sam Houston State product was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round way the hell back in 2002.
McCown stayed in the desert for four seasons, which incredibly turned out to be his longest tenure at any NFL stop.
Yes, this is where his vagabond existence began in earnest, a journey that included two grim years in Cleveland during the Browns' prolonged epic fail.
Sadly, one of his 13 total games on the field there included this most unfortunate play, which is so very Browns:
However, McCown's career was far from a turd.
In fact, his best statistical season was in 2017 with the Jets at the age of 38.
See, that's pretty okay.
Again, just sticking around for that long will earn you mad respect, and McCown is getting much love from his peers.
Help me in congratulating @JoshMcCown12 on an incredible journey and career throughout his 17 years in the NFL. As awesome and selfless of a player and teammate you were, you’re an even better friend,husband,father and most importantly a great man of God. pic.twitter.com/m543UQWxjD— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) June 18, 2019
@JoshMcCown12 congrats on a hell of a career man!!! Was Blessed to be in a locker room at some point in my career with you and brother and I must say you guys are both class acts. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #HappyRetirement— Nate Collins (@BIGN98) June 18, 2019
You may have noticed the reference to ESPN in that last congratulatory tweet.
Indeed, like seemingly every retiring NFL player who can articulate a cogent thought, McCown is already confined to a Bristol studio analyzing football for money.
And speaking of money, McCown made just under $50million in the NFL.
This is some world we live in.