Luke McCown

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Luke McCown
Luke McCown 2015.jpg
McCown in 2015 preseason.
No. 7 New Orleans Saints
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-12) July 12, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Jacksonville (TX)
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2015
Passing attempts: 355
Passing completions: 215
Percentage: 60.6
TDINT: 9–15
Passing yards: 2,345
Passer rating: 70.9
Stats at

Lucas Patrick McCown (born July 12, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007, 2008, Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009 to 2011 and Atlanta Falcons in 2012. He is the younger brother of Josh McCown and former Texas A&M quarterback Randy McCown.

Early life[edit]

McCown was born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas. Like his older brothers Josh and Randy McCown, he showed an aptitude for sports. He attended Jacksonville High School, where he was a standout in both football and basketball. In basketball, he garnered All-District and All-East Texas honors. For college he attended Louisiana Tech University, where he played for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team.

College career[edit]

At Louisiana Tech, McCown soon began setting records, and he remains the team's No. 2 all-time leader for passing touchdowns, passing yards, and total offense.[1] He still holds several NCAA Division I FBS records:[2]

  • Most plays by a freshman in a single game (80) - Louisiana Tech vs. Miami, FL, Oct. 28, 2000. McCown gained 444 total yards during the game.
  • Most attempted passes by a freshman in a single game (72) - Louisiana Tech vs. Miami, FL, Oct. 28, 2000. He completed 42 of those passes.
  • Most completed passes by a freshman in a single game (47) - Louisiana Tech vs. Auburn, Oct. 21, 2000. He attempted 65 passes in all.
  • Most seasons of 2000+ yards (4) - From 2000—03, McCown gained 2,544, 3,337, 3,539, and 3,246 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

McCown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He went on to start in four games for Cleveland. After the season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the weekend of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

During week 13 of the 2007 NFL season, 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 Tampa Bay's 27-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

McCown 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. McCown started the last game as the Bucs had already clinched a playoff spot. He threw for 236 yards and one interception with 2 TDs. McCown played in 5 games, starting 3, during the 2007 season, and threw altogether for 1,009 yards, 3 interceptions, 5 touchdowns, with a 91.7 QB rating.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

McCown in 2009.

McCown was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed 2010 draft pick on September 5, 2009. He played as a backup to starting quarterback David Garrard the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

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 week 1.[3]

On September 18, 2011, McCown was benched after posting the lowest passer rating (1.8) for a starting quarterback in Jaguars history.[4]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On June 7, 2012, McCown signed with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints released McCown on August 28, 2012.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons signed McCown to replace the released Chris Redman on August 28, 2012. As Matt Ryan's primary backup, McCown played 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.[5][6]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On April 1, 2013, McCown signed a one-year deal with the Saints.[7] 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.[8] In the regular season, McCown was the holder for placekicker Garrett Hartley.[9][10]

On September 25, 2015, Sean Payton announced that starting quarterback Drew Brees would miss the first game of his career with the Saints due to a bruised rotator cuff and that McCown would get the start on September 27 against the Carolina Panthers over rookie Garrett Grayson. This is McCown's first start since his disastrous 2011 season with the Jaguars.[11] Luke's older brother Josh started for the Browns the same day, marking the first time the brothers both started since 2007.

Personal life[edit]

McCown's brother Josh is also a quarterback in the National Football League, currently playing for the Cleveland Browns. His older brother Randy played quarterback at Texas A&M University. Luke and his wife Katy have four sons and one daughter. McCown is a Christian.[12][13][14]

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."[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Luke McCown to Return for Idaho Game". Louisiana Tech Athletics. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Tania Ganguli (September 6, 2011). "Jaguars release quarterback David Garrard". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Edward R. Jenkins (September 19, 2011). "McCown finds way into record book". [Jags Report]. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Luke McCown". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Luke McCown joining New Orleans Saints",, April 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Ramon Antonio Vargas, "Reports: Saints cut Seneca Wallace, Luke McCown wins back-up QB job", The Advocate, August 23, 2013.
  9. ^ Vargas, Ramon Antonio (August 20, 2013). "Veteran kicker Hartley putting together solid preseason.". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Game Summary: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints" (PDF). NFL. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Drew Brees ruled out for Saints vs. Panthers". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  12. ^ "Walking By Faith: Luke McCown". 
  13. ^ "Camp Quotes: Cam Jordan, Jimmy Graham, Luke McCown". 
  14. ^ "Try, Try Again". 
  15. ^ A better network as explained by backup quarterback Luke McCown on YouTube

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