McCown most recently played in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers (John Angelillo, UPI).
Announcement Made Today at Team Press Conference in Hartford
Hartford, Conn. (Tuesday, August 3, 2010) – The Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL) announced that it has come to terms with veteran NFL quarterback Josh McCown. The signing of the eight-year pro veteran was made official at a press conference today at Rentschler Field, the home stadium of the team.
“We’re excited to have Josh join the Hartford Colonials,” head coach Chris Palmer stated. “His veteran leadership will help our football team. He's a guy who has played in the National Football League for a number of years, and his experience is something that we’ll lean on. Josh talked about coming in and competing and wanting to show people he can still play. That’s what you’re looking for in a veteran player."
McCown was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft after throwing for 3481 yards and 32 touchdowns during his senior year at Sam Houston State. The Texas native transferred there after three seasons at Southern Methodist University. During his eight years in the NFL, McCown played for five different teams and had the most success in four seasons with the Cardinals, where he tossed for 5365 yards and 25 touchdowns.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to play football for the Hartford Colonials and compete in the UFL,” McCown said of his new gig. “Coach Palmer is an excellent coach and has a great reputation when it comes to working with quarterbacks. I’m looking forward to learning from him and continuing to grow as a player.”
The UFL has shown a strong commitment to each of its host cities, and McCown mirrored that initiative today by donating $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford.
“The UFL is delighted that players such as Josh McCown champion good causes and make charitable donations to benefit the local community in the city where they are playing,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue remarked. “Josh wanted to give back to the Hartford area where he will spend this period of his career, and we are impressed by his generosity.”
The addition of McCown in Hartford continues a steady flow of former NFL players who are going to suit up in the UFL this year. The two biggest signings for the league came earlier this summer when three-time Pro Bowler Daunte Culpepper inked a deal that reunited him with Sacramento Mountain Lions head coach Dennis Green and with veteran NFL tailback Ahman Green, who signed on with the Omaha Nighthawks.
The upcoming UFL season will be its sophomore campaign, and the league will play with five member clubs – Florida Tuskers, Hartford, Las Vegas Locomotives, Omaha and Sacramento – with an expansion team in Norfolk, Virginia, joining the league in 2011. The season will kick off with a pair of games on Saturday, September 18th, and will conduct its championship game over Thanksgiving Weekend. For more information on the league, visit www.ufl-football.com or follow it via Twitter @theUFL.