Get to know Greg McElroy
The Jets cut third-string quarterback Greg McElroy during final roster cutdowns on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Here are some fun facts about the former Alabama signal-caller.
Greg McElroy played at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas. After sitting behind fellow future NFL quarterback Chase Daniel, McElroy set a Texas high school record with 56 passing touchdowns in 2005 as a senior. He also had 4,687 passing yards to lead his team to the Texas Class 5A championship.
Following his record-breaking season, McElroy received a scholarship to Alabama. He redshirted his first season and saw limited action in the following two seasons.
McElroy assumed the starting role during his junior year in 2009. He started all 14 games and had 2,508 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions as the Crimson Tide won the BCS national championship.
McElroy set school records with 2,987 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season with the Crimson Tide. He was a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm award, which is given out to the nation's top senior quarterback.
McElroy also racked up academic achievements in college. In his senior year alone, he was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, was named the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and was a first-team Academic All-American.
The Jets selected McElroy in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He was the fifth player from Alabama to be taken that year, following teammates Marcell Dareus (Buffalo), Julio Jones (Atlanta), James Carpenter (Seahawks) and Mark Ingram (Saints).
McElroy did not see the field in his rookie season because of thumb surgery. However, he made waves at the end of the season when he bashed the Jets' locker room culture on an Alabama radio station. "It's definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you," McElroy said. "It's the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals, but I think that's maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn't care if we won or lost, as long as they had their good [individual] games, and that's the disappointing thing."
After Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow failed to lead the Jets to an offensive touchdown in the first three games of the 2012 preseason, McElroy finally led the Jets to paydirt. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Terrance Ganaway with 8:55 left in the third quarter against the Eagles. That was the team's only offensive touchdown of the preseason.
McElroy saw his first regular-season action on Dec. 2, 2012, when he replaced a struggling Sanchez midway through the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. With his team down 3-0, McElroy engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. The Jets won the game, 7-6.