Former NFL quarterback Josh McCown joined ESPN in June 2019 as an NFL studio analyst. He appears on NFL Live, SportsCenter, Get Up!, and more.
During his 17 professional seasons, McCown played for 10 different NFL teams. Originally a third-round pick (No. 81 overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft, McCown threw for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns throughout his career, completing 60 percent of his passes.
McCown’s best season as a pro was 2013 for the Chicago Bears when he replaced injured starter Jay Cutler. McCown appeared in eight games (with five starts) and ended the year completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns and just one interception. His 109.0 passer rating was the best in Bears franchise history. McCown also started 13 games at quarterback for the New York Jets in 2017, throwing for 2,926 yards and 18 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 67 percent.
In all, McCown played for Arizona (2002-06), Detroit (2006), Oakland (2007), Miami (2008), Carolina (2008-09), San Francisco (2011), Chicago (2011-13), Tampa Bay (2014), Cleveland (2015-16) and the New York Jets (2017-18). In between NFL stints in 2010, McCown also played for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League where he led the UFL with a 79.3 passer rating.
McCown played three collegiate seasons at Southern Methodist University before transferring and playing his final year at Sam Houston State University where he threw for 3,481 yards and 32 touchdowns, setting single-season school records in pass completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns.
In 2013, McCown was inducted into the Sam Houston Athletic Hall of Fame. That same year, the chamber of commerce in his hometown of Jacksonville, Texas inducted him in its Wall of Fame.
McCown grew up on a ranch in Jacksonville, two hours southeast of Dallas. McCown’s younger brother, Luke, also played quarterback in the NFL, and his older brother, Randy, played at Texas A&M.