Cowboys QB Luke McCown Retires After 14 Seasons in NFL

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2018

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Luke McCown (3) looks on during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Quarterback Luke McCown, who last played for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2017 preseason, announced his retirement Friday.

Agent Mike McCartney passed along McCown's statement:

      

"First, to my friends, teammates and coaches who've supported me from junior high to the NFL (you know who you are): you guys pushed me, picked me up, supported me, and placed high expectations on me, so THANK YOU!" McCown wrote. "To my parents, brothers and sister: you set such a high standard for me to follow as a player and even more importantly, as a man, so THANK YOU! And finally, to my beautiful wife and six children, you've always supported my dream and been along for the journey, THANK YOU!"

McCown, 36, played for seven NFL teams during his career. A backup for the entirety of his tenure, McCown appeared in just 62 games and made 10 total starts. He threw for 2,370 yards and nine touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

His most extended stretches of playing time came during four-year stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints. McCown threw for a career-high 1,009 yards and five touchdowns during the 2007 season in Tampa. 

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