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Luke McCown

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McCown before a game in 2009
No. 7 New Orleans Saints
Position: Quarterback / Holder
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-12) July 12, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Texas
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Career information
High school: Jacksonville (TX)
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Career history
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Roster status: Active
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2014
TDINT: 9–14
Passing yards: 2,035
Passer rating: 68.1
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Lucas Patrick McCown (born July 12, 1981) is an American football quarterback and special teamer 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

Luke McCown was born the youngest of three boys for Robin Mccown 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

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

Cleveland Browns

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

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

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

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

Atlanta Falcons

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

On April 1, 2013, McCown signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans 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]


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 is married to his wife Katy, and has four sons and one daughter.

See also


  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. 
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  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. 

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