FLASHBACK: Former Browns QB Josh McCown talks about why he played hurt

We spoke this week on CowboysCast about Dallas’ backup quarterback situation. One of the names discussed was that of Josh McCown, who was recently released by the Browns.

McCown is a 14-year veteran and a Texas native, having grown up on a ranch in Jacksonville, Texas, and playing college football for SMU and Sam Houston St.

McCown has had a perfectly acceptable career as a backup quarterback (60 career starts and a passer rating of 78.2) but it’s his leadership and intelligence that would be most valued as the Cowboys backup quarterback.

Back in September, McCown hurt his shoulder in the first quarter of a game between the Browns and Ravens. He played the rest of the game only to discover the following week that he had actually fractured his collarbone and would miss the next five weeks.

After the game, and before the severity of his injury was fully known, Josh McCown was asked about his decision to go back in and play the rest of the game hurt.

It’s not difficult to see how that type of toughness and competitive desire would be a valuable asset behind Dak Prescott.

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