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Larry Fitzgerald’s still a big Josh McCown fan


For a guy who hasn’t always had the best quarterbacks throwing to him, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald thinks the Buccaneers are fortunate to have one of his old ones.

Fitzgerald told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune that signing his former teammate Josh McCown was going to be a coup for the Buccaneers.

“I love Josh, he’s a football junkie,’’ Fitzgerald said. “You have to force the guy to come off the field in practice and the man’s a great leader, the kind of guy you want in your locker room.’’

McCown started 19 games for the Cardinals in Fitzgerald’s first two seasons, and then went onto a career as a backup elsewhere. He might eventually reclaim that role, but McCown was brought in to start this year.

But being able to work with Mike Glennon is one of McCown’s strengths, according to his former star receiver.

McCown started 19 games under center for the Cardinals during Fitzgerald’s first two NFL seasons in Arizona, and the 8-time Pro Bowl wide receiver can’t say enough about McCown’s intangibles.

“Josh is going to help Mike Glennon a ton,’’ Fitzgerald said. “You can ask any quarterback who has ever been around Josh — [Jay] Cutler, Kurt Warner, anybody — and they will tell you he’s an ideal teammate. Even if he’s not playing, he’s going to be your biggest fan. He’s just that kind of guy … he’ll never be a pouter.’’

McCown has always shown sufficient ability, but hasn’t had an opportunity like this one in years. Fitzgerald clearly thinks he’s going to make the most of it.

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11 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald’s still a big Josh McCown fan”
  1. ctiggs says: Jun 27, 2014 7:58 AM


  2. pslbucfan says: Jun 27, 2014 8:10 AM

    I’ve always liked this signing and I liken it to the signing of Brad Johnson. Good character guy, good teammate. He might set the world on fire, but he won’t lose many games either. I think he’ll be consistent, and he’ll help bring Glennon along in his development. We could do a lot worse than having him as our QB.

  3. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jun 27, 2014 8:25 AM

    Who will have the better year? McCown in Tampa or Cutler in Chicago?

  4. 407magic says: Jun 27, 2014 8:37 AM

    I hope he’s right. Go bucs!

  5. fordmandalay says: Jun 27, 2014 8:56 AM

    Does Larry remember that was 10 years ago? And the Cards went 4-12, 6-10, and 5-11 with McCown as the QB? Just a reminder.

  6. mialto says: Jun 27, 2014 9:01 AM

    McCown = class act

    as simple as that…Bucs are lucky to have him

  7. oakfolk says: Jun 27, 2014 9:22 AM

    For a sec, I thought Fitz said “he’ll never be a punter.”

  8. clssylssy says: Jun 27, 2014 9:31 AM

    @fordmadalay…obviously it takes more than a good QB to win games and Fitz was speaking to Josh’s value as a leader in the locker room and dedication to the game. The Bucs have had a total makeover this year and I expect them to make some noise and give their division rivals some real competition!

  9. rubicon202 says: Jun 27, 2014 9:58 AM

    Liked him when he played 4 the Raiders. Glad 2C he stuck with it and getting a starting spot. Not a Bucs fan at all but a solid sign, given the QB pool this year.

  10. CKL says: Jun 27, 2014 10:53 AM

    If you can hate Josh McCown, you probably hate puppies and kittens. I’ve loved and rooted for that kid since he was in AZ too. He’s just such a happy, enthusiastic, upbeat, unselfish person, who wouldn’t?

    I’ll never forget that TD pass he threw while in AZ to that TE or WR (name escapes me) that dumped Minny out of the playoffs and put GB in.

  11. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Jun 27, 2014 2:03 PM

    Nate Poole …

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