Greg McElroy announces his retirement, nation shrugs

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Greg McElroy was apparently the last one to realize he was retired, so he made it official.

The former Alabama quarterback, who was officially on the Bengals roster, just posted a message on Twitter saying he was done with the NFL.

Of course, the NFL was effectively done with him, as his 31 pass attempts in two games with the Jets in 2012 represented his game action.

His most relevant NFL contribution was pulling back the curtain on some of the Jets dysfunction after the 2011 season, when the rookie seventh-rounder declared the locker room to be full of “extremely selfish individuals.”

Now he can continue to share such wisdom, and go back to the retirement we assumed he had already begun.

50 responses to “Greg McElroy announces his retirement, nation shrugs

  1. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest Darin Gantt might not like Greg McElory for some unknown reason.

  2. There hasn’t been one single Alabama QB that did anything significant in the NFL since Broadway Joe Namath. Not a single one. Okay, Ken Stabler (after research) but that is it. Alabama QB’s just can’t seem to cut the mustard at the NFL level. All of that talent at the college level makes them look much better than they really are so that when they get drafted onto a team that isn’t stacked they look average at best and Brodie Croyle (0-10) at worst.

  3. McElroy was right.

    The Jets have a bunch of selfish people in the locker room… and… front office, too.

    rex is lucky he had tannebaum to throw under the bus.

  4. Why on earth are you being so nasty about it? He’s an engaging fellow, and will be surpassing your own NFL media career in about a month.

    Also, he had a better playing career than most of us.

  5. schmitty2 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:03 AM

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest Darin Gantt might not like Greg McElory for some unknown reason.

    RE:
    Right? I wonder how many snaps Darin has taken in the NFL? Lay off the guy.

  6. If I’m a Qb prospect I stay the hell way from playing for te Gumps in Tuscaloosa. It’s a signal calling graveyard. As for McElroy, if I’m Herbstreit, I’m getting nervous. McElroy is very good and analytical on camera. He’s the next former jock voice of college football.

  7. So a glorified blogger from what equates to TMZ Sports feels comfortable dissing a Rhodes Scholar Finalist / Former NFL QB / CFB Nation Championship winner.

    What has happened to our world?

  8. Joe Namath?! Really lol That is by far the most OVERRATED quarterback in the hall of fame

    EVER.

    Dude had like 175-220 ratio for TD-INT.

    That’s pathetic. Great school for talent just not for quarterbacks

  9. If he will finally release the names of the players he was talking about then that would be a big help. Some of us don’t like people who call out others as anonymous mysteries. If you have something negative to say about anybody then you better be prepared to provide specific details as well as a rationale for what you aim to achieve by speaking lowly of others. And these were his teammates and presumably his friends that he had such “great times” with. It was a very bizarre rant that he made and we still have no clarity or resolution to that story.

    Don’t you watch the news everybody, we like stories that have endings!!!

  10. He made a pile of money for 3 years of doing basically nothing. Sounds like he’s ready to make a run for Congress.

  11. jr507 says:
    Mar 21, 2014 10:28 AM
    So a glorified blogger from what equates to TMZ Sports feels comfortable dissing a Rhodes Scholar Finalist / Former NFL QB / CFB Nation Championship winner.

    What has happened to our world?

    With all due respect… the last time I checked, this is profootballtalk.com, not rhodesscholarfinalisttalk.com…

  12. @ aurelh23

    Joe Namath?! Really lol That is by far the most OVERRATED quarterback in the hall of fame

    EVER.

    Dude had like 175-220 ratio for TD-INT.
    **
    I have maintained this argument as well. His Tim Tebow-esque 50% completion pct. to go along with his 62-63-4 record makes him way overrated.He has never been more than just alright to me. Average at best. Typical Alabama QB.

  13. he can also go into retirement knowing he made more money than some hack football writers will make in their lifetime who have nothing better to do than take potshots at someone who is by all accounts a stand up guy.

  14. wolfman55h says:
    Mar 21, 2014 10:22 AM
    If I’m a Qb prospect I stay the hell way from playing for te Gumps in Tuscaloosa. It’s a signal calling graveyard. As for McElroy, if I’m Herbstreit, I’m getting nervous. McElroy is very good and analytical on camera. He’s the next former jock voice of college football.

    If you’re a prospect like McElroy, who if he is honest with himself was never exactly a can’t miss NFL phenom prospect, you can do alot worse than being the starting QB on a BCS title team at Alabama.

    Not that a man of his intelligence or accomplishment would have to worry about it anyway, but he’ll never have to go looking for work or worry about paying for a meal for the rest of his life in Alabama.

    Besides, is there one particular school that has a reputation for cranking out starting NFL QBs? As of week 17 last year, only 3 schools had more than one NFL starter (Auburn, USC, and Michigan) and none had more than one GOOD one.

  15. Is there any school that produces nfl on a regular basis? I am a Gators fan and a Dolphins fan(yeah I know) so you know I absolutely HATE Alabama!
    I just cant seem to think of one school that produces nfl quarterbacks on a regular basis

  16. look at the chances Sanchez and Tebow had to prove they could win in the NFL. McElroy started one game and won, played part of another. Truth is no one actually gave him a chance to play.

    But such is life. He earns 465K playing football, but with his brains and education he will beat that within a year or two. Walking around with a clipboard is damn boring. If they made a long term investment like they did with Sanchez, they’d give him more of a chance.

    I guarantee he has plenty of options outside of football. My childhood friend Todd Philcox is making tons of money. Anyone remember he who replaced Kosar?

    McElroy graduated from Alabama in three years with a degree in business marketing. As an undergraduate he had a 3.85 GPA,and applied for, but did not win, a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010.In December 2010 he obtained a Master of Science degree in sports management, completing it with a 4.0 GPA.

    In September 2010, McElroy was named the 20th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News. During the NFL Combine in February 2011, McElroy scored a 43 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test of intelligence.

  17. If the Jets would have had as much money invested in him as they did Sanchez – G-Mac would have gotten more of a chance and I still say that G-Mac can play in the NFL and is better than several of the QB’s that start every week in the NFL it’s all about Politics and opportunities, and if they do AJ the same way that’s what will happen to him too and it sucks that other players that are not as talented get the luckily breaks and become starters but the true players that have worked hard and are proven great players don’t get the chance because of politics in the NFL same is true in life as others go to work and lie cheat ,and don’t conduct theirselves in a good way but they continue to get the good jobs and all the luckily breaks in life … It just isn’t right,as I can relate to this first hand!!! May God bless you for the rest of your life G-Mac I’m praying for us and Them Too….

  18. Bart Starr won the championship with the packers and the legendary Vince Lombardi. Kenny stabler won with the raiders with another coach you might of heard of ( John Madden ). Nobody else can say they have three different QBS from their school that’s won three Super Bowls. NOBODY!! We judge people and teams by championships. And yet u still say alabama always have sorry QBS in the NFL!! Alabama has more national titles than anybody and more QBS to win Super Bowls. I don’t know what else to say.

  19. Although not part of conventional wisdom, QB’s are still part of a team and perform up to, or down to, the level of the team. Anyone remember Steve Young with Tampa or Steve Young with San Francisco? Same QB, different team. Anyone remember Matt Cassel and the New England Patrots or Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs? Again, same QB, different teams. Matt Flynn and Green Bay, Matt Flynn and anyone else? The point is, football is still a team game. Put Brady or Manning on Cleveland or Buffalo or Washington and maybe the team’s play is elevated slightly, but the QB’s numbers are decimated. Without a team to surround them, QB’s become very ordinary. Going to the New York Jets was the worst thing that could have happened for McElroy, or Geno, or Tebow.

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