Just as you think it’s not possible to love and respect Josh McCown any more than you already do…
ESPN’s Tim McManus reported on Friday that McCown actually played through a torn hamstring during the second half of the Eagles’ playoff loss to Seattle. The injury itself is surprising, but there was a distinct play where McCown came up hobbling after spending much of his time before that running for his life.
It’s absolutely astounding that Josh McCown, a 40-year old quarterback in year number 17, came out of retirement to take on an emergency QB role in Philadelphia. That role led him to his first-ever playoff appearance where he kept the team kicking and screaming long enough to have a realistic shot of springing a surprise in the final few drives. He did that on a torn hamstring.
McCown rapidly became a fan favorite due to his passion displayed on the sideline. Whether it was running up to LeBlanc after making a huge TFL on Saquon Barkley, or seemingly help Dougie P make in-game decisions as well as mentoring Carson Wentz, his emotion was visible from day one. But it was never more so than the moments after that fateful loss, where McCown broke down in tears due to an array of emotions.
McCown would make for an excellent addition to the Eagles coaching staff if it’s a path he wanted to pursue. But in case he doesn’t, he’s left a short legacy of being the most ‘Philly’ guy imaginable.
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