Josh McCown was retired from his career as a journeyman quarterback in the NFL. He had several teams try to convince him otherwise, but the 40-year-old quarterback had played on 10 different teams throughout his career and was ready to focus on coaching his sons’ high school football team. And then the Eagles called a few weeks ago, and in the process, they made that equation much more interesting.
McCown was interested in playing with a contender, but he was not interested in missing his kids’ games and now he won’t have to. The Eagles agreed to a provision to allow McCown to travel back to his home in Charlotte every Friday night to help coach his sons’ team. That was enough to coax McCown to come out of retirement and join his 11th team.
Josh McCown has an arrangement with the Eagles that will still allow him to coach his sons’ high school football team pic.twitter.com/il38sAgtHc
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 29, 2019
The quarterback has been coaching for Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where two of his sons are on the team. And other coaches there describe him as being all-in, doing the dirty work expected of any youth sports coach.
The Eagles “understand the family dynamic,” McCown told nj.com. “The proximity to Charlotte was a factor, and part of why it made sense to sign here.”
Suffice to say, the Myers Park Mustangs will be the only high school football team in the country with an active NFL player on the coaching staff.
And the 40-year-old quarterback showed the Eagles why he’s a valuable backup, throwing a pair of touchdowns in a preseason game.
A week ago, 40-year-old QB Josh McCown was drinking White Claws, floating on a raft in his pool.
Tonight, he’s tossing these dimes. pic.twitter.com/L6D5WUW0wr
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 23, 2019