Greg McElroy
American football player
Greg McElroy
Gregory McElroy, Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jets in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama. He was the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide football team. As a junior, he led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14–0 season, which included the 2009 SEC Championship and BCS National Championship.
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Mark Sanchez Has Surgery On Shoulder: Jets Quarterback's Season Is Over
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Sanchez's season is over. It might be the end of his time with the New York Jets, too. The maligned quarterback, who was once dubbed "The Sanchize" and drew early comparisons to Joe Namath, had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. The procedure, which repaired a torn labrum, was performed by Dr. James Andrews, the team announced. Sanchez, who hasn't played since being injured in the third preseason game, said he was advised by Andrews and other doctors to have surgery after seven weeks of rehabilitation. "I'm very disappointed that I can't be out there to help my team on the field," Sanchez said in a statement, "but I'll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can." Whether that is the case beyond this season remains to be seen. Sanchez, the team's top draft pick out of Southern California in 2009, helped lead the Jets to consecutive trips to the AFC championship game in his first two seasons. While his overall numbers we ...
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Jets Add Depth At Quarterback
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Brady Quinn is the newest member of the New York Jets' quarterback carousel. The Jets signed the veteran Monday to give them an experienced backup behind rookie Geno Smith, who appears likely to start the season opener against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Quinn, a first-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2007, was cut by Seattle on Saturday. His signing also clouds the future of Mark Sanchez, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury and could miss at least the first few weeks of the season. Quinn was on the field at practice with the other quarterbacks, while Sanchez was off to the side on a stationary bike during the 30-minute window the media were allowed to watch. "It's a great opportunity," Quinn said. "The Jets are a historic organization. I think just to be able to work with a guy like (QBs coach) David Lee and coach (Marty) Mornhinweg, is a great opportunity for me." Sanchez appeared in good shape to win the starting job over Smith, the t ...
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N.F.L. Roundup: Tebow Is Among Quarterbacks Cut, Joining Carr (Giants) and McElroy (Jets)
NYTimes - over 3 years
Tim Tebow, David Carr and Greg McElroy were all cut as team’s roster were trimmed to the league-mandated 53-man limit.     
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HIGHLIGHTS: Simms Shines In Jets' Preseason Finale
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith stayed on the sideline. So did Mark Sanchez. While the New York Jets' quarterback competition is far from settled, Matt Simms certainly showed he might deserve to stick around when the season starts. Simms, competing for the No. 3 job, led four scoring drives, and Kahlil Bell ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets topped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Thursday night in the teams' preseason finale. Both Rex Ryan and the Eagles' Chip Kelly rested their starters, which meant Michael Vick also sat this one out on Philadelphia's sideline. Vick won the Eagles' competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles while looking comfortable and effective running Kelly's up-tempo offense. Smith, the Jets' second-round draft pick and the team's possible Week 1 starter, was in uniform but only in case there was an emergency at quarterback. Simms, whose father Phil had plenty of big games against the Eagles in his days wit ...
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Patriots sign Tim Tebow to two-year deal
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
By Howard Ulman The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tim Tebow is back on the field with an NFL team — the New England Patriots. The Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback on Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by New York and just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday. Tebow practiced with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. The newest Patriot wore No. 5, not his familiar 15 — which belongs to Mallett — on his shorts and helmet. The QBs wore red jerseys without numbers. “First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity. I’m very thankful,” Tebow said on the field after practice. “It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach (Bill) Belichick and for Coach (Josh) McDaniels, learn under Tom (Brady), and be a part of this very successful franchise.” Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for ...
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Jets Blown Out In Season Finale
Huffington Post - about 4 years
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Far too late for the playoffs, running back C.J. Spiller helped deliver embattled Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey a season-ending 28-9 win over the turmoil-riddled New York Jets on Sunday. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez did nothing to settle questions about his job security with another sloppy performance. Nor did he help the status of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who's expected to be released after one season. Spiller had 59 yards rushing and scored on a 66-yard catch and run in a game between two AFC East rivals with no playoff implications. Safety Bryan Scott returned an interception 20 yards, while Brad Smith scored on a 4-yard run, and Tashard Choice on 13-yard run for the Bills (6-10). Despite snapping a three-game skid with their first win in seven tries against New York, Buffalo still finished fourth in the division for a fifth straight season. Buffalo hasn't made the playoffs for 13 straight seasons. That's led to qu ...
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More Jets QB drama: Greg McElroy is hurt, Mark Sanchez will start
LATimes - about 4 years
McElroy has a concussion, which he didn't reveal until Thursday. Coach Rex Ryan chooses Sanchez over Tim Tebow because there is little time to prepare for season finale. Rex Ryan stepped to the lectern, looked out at the cameras and opened his news conference with a warning.
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McElroy reveals he has concussion, replaced by Sanchez as starting QB for Jets
Fox News - about 4 years
Greg McElroy has a concussion and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the New York Jets' starting quarterback in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday.
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Chargers 27, Jets 17: Jets, With Greg McElroy at Quarterback, Loss to Visiting Chargers
NYTimes - about 4 years
Greg McElroy made his first career start at quarterback, but he was sacked 11 times as the Jets’ offense sputtered after two early rushing touchdowns.
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Barbara Bruno: NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 16 Contest
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
The conundrum in making game predictions for the NFL's Week 16 is that all of those normally reliable home underdog picks did not reward this football prognosticator in Week 15. The Bears, Bills and Ravens all failed to cover, much less win. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals defense decided to stop shoving each other long enough to destroy the Detroit Lions. Thanks, guys. NFL Note of the Week: Adrian Peterson simply must be the NFL's MVP. Tom Brady is frighteningly effective no matter what other ten players share his field and Peyton Manning will always have a special place in the heart of every true fan. However, No. 28 is the Minnesota Vikings offense and his clock-eating ways buoy their defense as well. AP alone has accounted for 41.13% of all offensive yards produced by the Vikings this season*. There is no surer yardstick for NFL greatness than the "they know it" factor. Even when everyone including your maiden aunt's pet poodle knows that Peterson is going to get the ...
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NFL Week 16: The Bad QB Trio
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
For the New York Jets at quarterback, Greg McElroy is in, Mark Sanchez is not and Tim Tebow remains left out. Geoff Foster and I discuss why having a trio of mediocre quarterbacks has created a problem. Plus, Adrian Peterson's chase of the single-season rushing record, the case against resting players and upset picks for Week 16.
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When the Worst Comes to Pass for the Jets
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
Joe Namath was the first Alabama-schooled quarterback to make his name with the New York Jets. Greg McElroy might be the next. In between, though, has been a lot of frustration as the Jets have tried and struggled to find long-term stability at the game's most important position.
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Greg McElroy to Start for Jets, Over Sanchez and Tebow
NYTimes - about 4 years
It will be the first N.F.L. start for the Jets’ third-string quarterback, Greg McElroy, who jumped ahead of Tim Tebow, the backup.
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CNN Student News Transcript - December 13, 2012
CNN- Cafferty File - about 4 years
December 13, 2012
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Mark Sanchez: Jets coach Rex Ryan sent a message - NFL News
Google News - about 4 years
NFL News Mark Sanchez: Jets coach Rex Ryan sent a message NFL News Mark Sanchez's struggles have put the Jets in a QB pickle that they should've seen coming, Jeff Darlington says. More ... It took a couple of days for New York Jets coach Rex Ryan to name Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback this week. There was a ... Jets' Greg McElroy uncertain of role against JacksonvilleThe Star-Ledger - Rex Ryan's Reasons for Choosing SanchezNew York Times (blog) Mark Sanchez on being named NY Jets' starter vs Jaguars: 'I'm pleased with ...New York Daily News -amNY -ESPN all 686 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg McElroy
  • 2014
    Age 25
    Three days after announcing his retirement from the NFL, McElroy announced he would become a college football analyst for ESPN's SEC Network starting in August 2014.
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    He announced his retirement from the league on March 21, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 24
    On September 1, 2013, McElroy was signed to the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the entire season on the practice squad.
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    He was released with an injury designation by the Jets on August 31, 2013.
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    On August 9, 2013, McElroy went 11 for 19 for 135 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
    More Details Hide Details However, he suffered an ankle injury and would miss the rest of the preseason.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    He was named the starting quarterback on December 18, 2012, one day after the Jets' loss to the Tennessee Titans on December 17.
    More Details Hide Details In his first career start against the San Diego Chargers, McElroy completed 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards with an interception and lost a fumble. He was sacked 11 times, as the Jets lost 27–17. McElroy, who was expected to start the Jets' final game against the Buffalo Bills, was ruled out after revealing he had suffered concussion symptoms in the days preceding. McElroy stated that he informed his teammates of the symptoms he was suffering, although he hid it from staff until December 27.
    McElroy made his NFL debut on December 2, 2012 in the third quarter during the Jets' contest against the Arizona Cardinals, replacing incumbent Mark Sanchez who, prior to being benched by head coach Rex Ryan, had thrown three interceptions.
    More Details Hide Details Tim Tebow was inactive with a rib injury, leaving McElroy as the back-up to Sanchez. McElroy threw his first career touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland on the first play of the fourth quarter en route to a 7–6 victory. McElroy finished the game completing 5 of his 7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 5 yards on 4 attempts.
    McElroy returned in 2012 to play in the Jets' first preseason game against the Bengals.
    More Details Hide Details He completed 4 of his 6 pass attempts for 49 yards in the Jets' loss. He did not play the subsequent two games. He played in their preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. He scored the team's lone touchdown of the preseason on a six-yard pass to Terrance Ganaway.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    McElroy made his preseason debut against the Houston Texans on August 15, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Starter Mark Sanchez played one quarter before he was replaced by McElroy who played the rest of the game after second string back-up Mark Brunell was declared out with a finger injury. He completed 23 of his 39 pass attempts for 208 yards and a touchdown. He nearly led the Jets to victory; however, rookie wide receiver Michael Campbell dropped the game-winning pass in the end zone. In his second preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, He completed 6 of his 9 pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 27–7 win over the Bengals. McElroy entered the Jets' preseason contest against the New York Giants with a little under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. With the Jets leading 7–3, McElroy twice led the Jets on scoring drives. He completed 4 of his 5 pass attempts for 39 yards en route to a 17–3 victory. In the Jets' final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, McElroy left midway through the second quarter with a thumb injury having completed 3 of his 6 pass attempts for 29 yards. McElroy dislocated the thumb and the team subsequently placed him on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
    He came to an agreement with the Jets on a four-year contract on July 29, 2011.
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    McElroy was selected by the New York Jets in the 7th round with the 208th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was expected to compete with fellow back-ups Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens and Kevin O'Connell.
    During the NFL Combine in February 2011, McElroy scored a 43 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test of intelligence.
    More Details Hide Details His score was originally reported as a 48, which would have tied the all-time high for a quarterback set by Ryan Fitzpatrick. McElroy was a late round draft selection despite his successes with Alabama. He was praised for his work ethic and accuracy, his ability to maneuver in the pocket and to recognize defensive formations and adjust to those formations. However, scouts had serious concerns about his arm strength which limited his value.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    In December 2010 he obtained a Master of Science degree in sports management, completing it with a 4. GPA.
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    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.
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    In September 2010, McElroy was named the 20th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.
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  • 2009
    Age 20
    After the Tide's victory, McElroy revealed that he had suffered two cracked ribs during the 2009 SEC Championship game, explaining the Tide's shift from a passing to pure rushing game.
    More Details Hide Details McElroy led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 10–3 record including a 49–7 win over Michigan State in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. His senior season began with a 5–0 start that was capped off by a 31–6 defeat of the Florida Gators on October 2. Alabama had defeated Duke, 62–13, on September 18. After Alabama lost on the road to South Carolina, 35–21, on October 9, McElroy rallied the Crimson Tide to a 9–2 mark and a No. 9 ranking nationally heading into their grudge match with in-state rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl event. Along the way, he put up more numbers against SEC opposition that included Ole Miss (17-of-25, 219 yards passing, 2 TDs), Tennessee (21-of-32, 264 yards passing), and Mississippi State (12-of-18, 227 yards passing, 2 TDs) in blowout wins for Alabama. The regular season ended on a sour note on November 26 as McElroy led Alabama to a 24–7 halftime lead only to give out and narrowly fall behind in the 2nd half. Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton rallied the Auburn Tigers to a 28–27 victory. McElroy went 27 for 37 for 377 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a career performance in the loss. In McElroy's final college game in the 49–7 win over Michigan State, he went 13 of 17 for 220 yards and a touchdown. He finished the season with a school record 2987 passing yards.
    McElroy and Alabama squared off against the #1-ranked Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, a rematch of the previous year's conference championship.
    More Details Hide Details Alabama got off to an early 9–0 lead in the first quarter, and still had the lead heading into halftime at 19–13. In the third quarter, he threw his lone touchdown of the game on a 17-yard high pass to Colin Peek to extend the lead to 26–13. Despite being a five point underdog heading into the game, McElroy and Alabama rolled over the Gators 32–13 and secured a spot in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. McElroy finished 12-for-18 for 239 yards and a touchdown which earned him the game's MVP honors. McElroy led the Crimson Tide to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game versus the undefeated Big 12 Conference champions Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl. He was able to complete 6 of 11 pass attempts for 58 yards while being sacked five times and losing 27 yards. Ingram and freshman Trent Richardson carried Alabama to a 37–21 victory with 225 yards and four touchdowns rushing combined.
    In Alabama's 2009 A-Day game, McElroy played impressively and was expected to be the starting quarterback for the 2009 season.
    More Details Hide Details It was confirmed that he would start on opening day when the depth chart was released on August 31. His first start came in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, when the #5 Crimson Tide faced #7 Virginia Tech Hokies. With a slow start, in which McElroy completed just two of his first 10 passes including an interception, the Tide were down 16–17 at halftime. However, he led the Crimson Tide to 18 points in the final quarter, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram, as Alabama downed the Hokies 34–24. For their performances, both he and Ingram shared the SEC Offensive Player of the Week award. The following week, McElroy completed 14 consecutive passes—a school record—en route to a 40–14 win over Florida International. He followed up the performance as he set another school record for passing efficiency in a single game, as he completed 13 of 15 passes (86.7%) in a 53–7 rout of North Texas.
    As a junior, he led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14–0 season, which included the 2009 SEC Championship and BCS National Championship.
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  • 2008
    Age 19
    In the 2008 season, McElroy again saw limited action.
    More Details Hide Details He made six appearances late in games during the regular season. McElroy threw his first pass of the season in a 41–7 win over Western Kentucky, completing 4 of 6 passes for 61 yards. In the following game versus Arkansas, McElroy threw his first career interception early in the 4th quarter, which Razorback freshman cornerback Ramon Broadway returned to the Alabama 34-yard line. His first touchdown pass of the season came in a 36–0 rout of in-state rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl. His 34-yard strike to redshirt freshman Marquis Maze was the final score of the game.
  • 2003
    Age 14
    McElroy's 56 touchdown passes ranks first all-time in the Texas 5A classification, and second all-time in Texas high school football history, behind only Graham Harrell's 67 touchdowns in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details His 4,646 yards passing currently ranks fifth all-time in Texas. McElroy had full-scholarship offers from several Division I football schools, eventually committing to Texas Tech. However, he later changed his commitment, accepting an offer from the Alabama Crimson Tide. In his first season, McElroy was redshirted by head coach Mike Shula. McElroy is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. On December 7, 2010, McElroy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a National Football Foundation scholar/athlete. After his redshirt freshman year, McElroy saw limited playing time behind second-year starting quarterback John Parker Wilson. He played part of a game versus Western Carolina, throwing his first collegiate touchdown pass in the third quarter to tight end Nick Walker. He again saw late playing time verus rival Tennessee, in a 41–17 rout.
  • 1998
    Age 9
    McElroy was born in Los Angeles, California to Greg and Jami McElroy. In 1998, when he was 10 years old, his father was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to oversee sales and marketing for the franchise, and the family moved to Southlake, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details As a former football player at the University of Hawaii, Greg Sr. helped coach his son's Pee Wee football team. McElroy attended Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas, playing under head coach Todd Dodge. During his sophomore and junior seasons, McElroy played behind Chase Daniel, who later was in contention for the Heisman Trophy while playing for the Missouri Tigers. In his first season as a starter in 2005, McElroy passed for 4,636 yards, 56 touchdowns, and nine interceptions en route to a 16–0 season, which included the Texas 5A state championship For his efforts as a senior, McElroy was named the Texas 5A Player of the Year and an EA Sports All-American.
  • 1988
    Born on May 10, 1988.
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