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Current Nickname: Unknown
New Nickname: A-Mac
Alabama’s QB A.J. McCarron did get tagged “A.J. Mc Carin” after his weepy break down following the Tide’s dramatic win over LSU in 2012, but that’s just not a proper, long-term nickname.
So, we’ll go with “A-Mac” and we’ll do so for a few good reasons.
First, it’s a solid, big-time sports moniker, and if you’re thinking it pays homage to Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (or the “other” A-Rod, well, sort of), then you’re exactly right.
But, before you start thinking that this is some sort of second-to-last slide cop out, there is more than meets the eye to dubbing McCarron A-Mac.
To get the ball rolling, A-Mac and A-Rod (the football one) both share the very enviable trait of being ultra-careful with the ball in terms of interceptions vs. total passing attempts.
How careful have they been?
Well, A-Rod ranks No. 1 all-time in NFL career pass interception percentage with 1.7 from 2005-2012 while A-Mac has thrown only eight career INTs in 690 attempts at Alabama giving him a similar percentage of 1.2.
Next, as collegians both guys are considered “system” guys, and as A-Rod has had to break into his NFL career by proving his individual skills as a QB, A-Mac will likely have a similar path ahead in the pros.
Yes, playing at Cal is completely different than playing at Alabama, but when you think about from a “systems” approach, there are similarities.
Where Cal’s offense was considered a system that pumped out gross stats regardless of who was under center (making A-Rod’s personal contributions look nominal), Alabama’s total team is so talented it makes any skill position look less individually gifted (making A-Mac look less shiny).
But, now that A-Rod has three Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl ring, a Super Bowl MVP award and eight top-tier seasons in the NFL, we know he is way more than a “system guy.”
In the same way we’ll have to wait and see what A-Mac can do in the NFL, but until then don’t forget that the kid with the girlfriend and the huge chest tattoo was the No. 1-rated passer in the entire FBS in 2012.