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Former Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback Greg McElroy Released by Jets

Former Alabama Crimson Tide national championship winning quarterback Greg McElroy was released today by the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.


The Jets have a disastrous quarterback situation with incumbent starter Mark Sanchez proving time and time again not to be capable of starting in the NFL. Rookie Geno Smith, whom the Jets drafted in the second round of last April’s NFL Draft, hasn’t looked much better in preseason. Greg McElroy looked like the best quarterback on the roster every time he got the opportunity to get under center.

He led the team to a come from behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals last season when he came off the bench for an ineffective Sanchez. He earned the start the next week against the San Diego Chargers, but was knocked from the game with a concussion that ended his season.

McElroy looked solid in preseason, but suffered a knee sprain that didn’t allow him to lobby for a spot on the roster in the final two games of the preseason. His injury afforded former Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms an opportunity to show what he could do, and Simms actually performed pretty well as the team’s starter in the final game of the preseason.

McElroy’s release comes as a bit of a shock, but I wouldn’t expect him to be unemployed for very long, as he seems to be a perfect backup quarterback in the NFL. Even if it is the end of the road for McElroy, he has plenty of other options in broadcasting or coaching, and he earned a degree in business marketing at Alabama.

We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors, and hope this isn’t the end of his football career.

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