McCown with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
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|Born:||July 12, 1981|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||217 lb (98 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Lucas Patrick McCown (born July 12, 1981) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana Tech University.
In basketball, he garnered All-District and All-East Texas honors.
Although he was nationally ranked as a football recruit (as high as No. 2 among quarterbacks in some publications), McCown accepted a football scholarship from Louisiana Tech University over the University of Oklahoma and Florida State University.
As a true freshman, he became the starter in the fifth game, after Brian Stallworth was lost with a season-ending injury. His college debut came in the second half of the fourth game against the University of Tulsa. He had 6 touchdown passes (fourth in school history) in a 48-14 win against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He set an NCAA single-game freshman record by throwing the ball 72 times in the 42-31 loss against the University of Miami.
As a sophomore, he led the team to the Western Athletic Conference championship, the school's first conference title since the early 1980s. He threw for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns in a critical 48-45 league win over Boise State University. The school was invited to the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl against Clemson University, its first bowl appearance since the 1990 Independence Bowl.
He contributed to 2 of the biggest wins in school history. A 39-36 win over Oklahoma State University, which came down to a 36-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down-and-10 with 60 seconds in the opener of his junior season. And a 20-19 win against Michigan State University, passing for 2 touchdowns in the final 70 seconds, including the game-winning 11-yard throw with 2 seconds left in the third game of his senior season.
He started the 44 out of 43 games of his college career, establishing school records for completions (1,088), attempts (1,827) and passing yards (12,994). His 88 touchdown passes ranked eighth-most in NCAA Division I-A history. He also had 11 rushing touchdowns. He still holds several NCAA Division I FBS records:
In 2017, he was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
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|6 ft 4 in
|10 ft 5 in
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McCown was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He went on to start in four games for in his rookie season. On April 24, 2005, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for sixth round 2005 draft pick (#203-Andrew Hoffman).
In 2005, he was declared inactive but dressed as the third-string quarterback for the first 10 games. He was the backup quarterback for the last 7 contests, including one playoff game.
In 2006, he was injured during the preseason. He spent the first seven weeks of the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. He was activated on November 3. He was declared inactive but dressed as the third-string quarterback for the final 9 games of the season.
In 2007, he appeared in five games with three starts, registering 1,009 passing yards, 3 interceptions, 5 touchdowns and a 91.7 quarterback rating. In week 13, McCown produced his finest performance as an NFL quarterback, throwing for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns during an emergency start for the injured Jeff Garcia in the Buccaneers 27-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints. He started the next game against the Houston Texans and was 25-38 for 266 yards and no interceptions, but a loss. He came in relief in the second half of week 16 and threw for 185 yards and one interception. He started the last game as the Bucs had already clinched a playoff spot. He threw for 236 yards and one interception with 2 touchdowns.
On September 5, 2009, McCown was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a seventh round 2010 draft pick (#217-Dekoda Watson). He was the backup to starting quarterback David Garrard, seeing limited action in 3 games. He was active but did not play in 13 contests.
In 2010, he played in the fourth quarter of the second game against the San Diego Chargers, completing 11 of 19 passes for 120 yards, but suffered a season-ending knee injury with 41 seconds remaining. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 21.
On September 6, 2011, five days before the 2011 regular season opener, Jacksonville announced they were cutting Garrard and that McCown would succeed him as starter for the season opener. He made his first start as a Jaguar in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, completing 17 of 24 passes for 175 yards. On September 18, McCown was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, after posting the lowest passer rating (1.8) for a starting quarterback in club history. He appeared in 4 games with 2 starts, completing 30-0f-56 attempts for 296 yards and 4 interceptions.
On June 7, 2012, McCown signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the team on August 28, 2012.
On August 28, 2012, the Atlanta Falcons signed McCown to replace the released Chris Redman. As Matt Ryan's backup, McCown appeared in two games, on September 27 when Atlanta won 27-3 over the San Diego Chargers and December 16 when Atlanta won 34-0 over the New York Giants.
On April 1, 2013, McCown signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Saints. After solid performances in preseason games, McCown was selected to serve as the primary backup to Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees. During the regular season he attempted a pass but it fell incomplete. In the regular season, McCown was the holder for placekicker Garrett Hartley.
On September 25, 2015, Sean Payton announced that starting quarterback Drew Brees would miss the first game of his Saints career due to a bruised rotator cuff and that McCown would get the start on September 27 against the Carolina Panthers over rookie Garrett Grayson, marking McCown's first start since 2011 with the Jaguars. Luke's older brother Josh started for the Browns the same day, marking the first time the brothers both started since 2007. On November 5, McCown underwent successful lower-back surgery, effectively ending his season after he was placed on injured reserve. McCown completed 32 of 39 passes for 335 yards and an 82.1 completion percentage in 2015.
On March 10, 2016, the New Orleans Saints signed McCown to a two-year, $3.00 million contract with a signing bonus of $500,000. On April 5, 2017, he was released after the team signed quarterback Chase Daniel.
On July 28, 2017, McCown signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year contract with $250,000 in guarantees. He was signed to help the team get through training camp and the preseason, after losing fourth-string backup Zac Dysert, who suffered a season ending back injury. He was released on September 2, 2017.
On April 20, 2018, McCown announced his retirement.
McCown's brother Josh is also a quarterback in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. His older brother Randy played quarterback at Texas A&M University. Luke and his wife, Katy, have four sons and two daughters. McCown is a Christian.
In September 2015, he starred in a series of TV commercials for Verizon Wireless, talking about Verizon's reliability and backup generators, joking that "I bet if they just had the chance, some of those backups would really shine." McCown started a game shortly after the commercial initially aired due to an injury to starting quarterback Drew Brees, throwing for 310 yards.