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Greg McElroy announces his retirement, nation shrugs

New York Jets Greg McElroy asks referee for offside call against Arizona Cardinals in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

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.

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50 Responses to “Greg McElroy announces his retirement, nation shrugs”
  1. bucrightoff says: Mar 21, 2014 9:59 AM

    Still better than Sanchez and Geno.

  2. barsfordays says: Mar 21, 2014 10:01 AM

    thisguy willforever be known and the 3rd-stringQB who leap frogged Tim Tebow on the depth chart.

  3. titansfan53 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:03 AM

    AJ McCarron will be joining shortly.

  4. 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.

  5. godofwine330 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    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.

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 21, 2014 10:11 AM

    Never knew he was ever in the NFL

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 21, 2014 10:13 AM

    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.

  8. idoubtiwillbother says: Mar 21, 2014 10:14 AM

    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.

  9. blue311 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:14 AM

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. rogcar2 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:25 AM

    Alabama quarterbacks are great NFL players.

    ~Signed, Penn State running backs

  12. realfootballfan says: Mar 21, 2014 10:25 AM

    This is your future, AJ McCarron.

  13. 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?

  14. aurelh23 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    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

  15. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    I ain’t gonna lie… I’m pulling for A.J. McCarron’s mom.

  16. mogogo1 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:34 AM

    Little known writer settles personal score with little known QB, nation shrugs

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    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!!!

  18. taylormade311 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:38 AM

    AJ McCaron on deck, Ricky Town in the hole.

  19. 92nick182govikings says: Mar 21, 2014 10:39 AM

    Wow. Why wouldnt he stay in the NFL as a backup and make millions?

  20. wakaflaccoflame says: Mar 21, 2014 10:39 AM

    I’ll always remember him as the guy that scrambled 10 yards past the line of scrimmage and threw a pass yet somehow surpassed tebow on the depth chart.

  21. fordmandalay says: Mar 21, 2014 10:40 AM

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

  22. liverpoolred04 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    So much for “going to be a better NFL QB than Cam”

  23. pftfan says: Mar 21, 2014 10:42 AM

    31 Pass Attempts? Star Backup Ryan Mallett has about 6 years before he can attain such totals.

  24. pisano says: Mar 21, 2014 10:42 AM

    Hopefully Sanchez will take a hint and follow him into retirement.

  25. rogcar2 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:55 AM

    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…

  26. jimmyt says: Mar 21, 2014 10:59 AM

    The golfer?

  27. godofwine330 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:07 AM

    @ 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.

  28. jcioffi1485 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:11 AM

    Once he realizes what being a sales associate at Target is, he’ll gladly work on the Taxi Squad for the Raiders for $300-$400k

  29. dcpowergator says: Mar 21, 2014 11:13 AM

    Brutal!

    Funny but brutal.

  30. ravenswhat says: Mar 21, 2014 11:15 AM

    He was better than Geno, that’s a fact.

  31. itsunclepauley says: Mar 21, 2014 11:16 AM

    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.

  32. jetsfan67 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:19 AM

    Dude had a set of balls. Happy Retirement young man.

  33. idoubtiwillbother says: Mar 21, 2014 11:30 AM

    Why did he do it? Probably recognized that the incoming rookies are going to bump him to a part time role, and probably already has an offer from either ESPN/ABC or CBS.

  34. realitypolice says: Mar 21, 2014 11:37 AM

    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.

  35. billmead1976 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:42 AM

    Another in a long line of busts from Alabama. We’ll just start calling Alabama “USC-South”.

  36. chunkala says: Mar 21, 2014 11:47 AM

    He’ll be fine. Some Bama alum will get him a cushy job where he steals money from some of his former alums.

  37. soldyou says: Mar 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    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

  38. Scott McCollum says: Mar 21, 2014 12:52 PM

    He will be in the Senate soon. I love all you poor Bama haters. We must be doing something right. Roll tide roll!

  39. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Best Jets QB since Namath.

  40. neelymessier says: Mar 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    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.

  41. jadaruler says: Mar 21, 2014 1:35 PM

    SEC Network should give him a call. When he’s on the radio he’s pretty entertaining.

  42. cincyfanlv says: Mar 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    When was he a Bengal?

  43. bengalskuta82 says: Mar 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    Not a nice article at all. Sounds like a crazy ex

  44. gwc810 says: Mar 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    Alabama is the only college to have three Super Bowl winning quarterback. Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler

  45. flushdownmikebrown says: Mar 21, 2014 3:19 PM

    Who?

  46. bamamanchip says: Mar 21, 2014 4:35 PM

    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….

  47. bamamanchip says: Mar 21, 2014 4:38 PM

    And Alabama’s Richard Todd was also a great QB in the NFL

  48. gwc810 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    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.

  49. gwc810 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:19 PM

    Be careful what u say about him. He’ll probably be your head coach one day!!!

  50. wildbill1952 says: Mar 22, 2014 11:55 AM

    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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