When it comes to all-time great athletes in professional sports, many end up spending the entirety of their careers with one team, or at least the bulk of their prime years. From Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers to Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter with the New York Yankees, the list goes on and on.
But on FOX Sports' "The Herd," on Tuesday, there was a debate about whether an athlete playing for more than one team hurts one's overall legacy. Co-host Joy Taylor expressed her belief that playing other teams doesn't hurt a player's reputation. Just ask Shaquille O'Neal and Wilt Chamberlain.
Then, veteran NFL quarterback Josh McCown entered the fray to ask how many teams counts as too many.
Hey, you can't fault him for asking.
McCown entered the NFL as a 2002 third round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he spent four seasons. After that stint in the desert, McCown joined a laundry list of teams, which goes in the following order:
- Detroit Lions (2006)
- Oakland Raiders (2007)
- Miami Dolphins (2008)
- Carolina Panthers (2008-09)
- San Francisco 49ers (2011)
- Chicago Bears (2011-13)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014)
- Cleveland Browns (2015-16)
- New York Jets (2017-18)
- Philadelphia Eagles (2019)
In his 16 NFL seasons, McCown completed 60% of his passes for 17,731 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions, while accumulating a 23-53 win-loss record as a starter. He is every bit of the definition of "journeyman."
Fortunately, he has a sense of humor about it.
No matter the statistics or total wins, you can't deny McCown's heart; that was evident in the NFC Wild Card Game earlier this year against the Seattle Seahawks. Even though the Eagles lost, McCown played through a torn hamstring to try and lead his team to victory in his first-ever playoff game appearance.
Josh McCown is a legend, and you can't change our minds.