NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Greg McElroy has retired at the tender age of 25.
The former Jets quarterback announced his retirement on his Twitter account on Friday morning.
“Thank you to Marvin Lewis, the Brown family, and the entire Cincinnati Bengals’ organization,” McElroy wrote on Twitter. “The fans make this decision especially difficult, as you have provided so much joy throughout my career. Playing in the NFL was my lifelong dream; therefore, I must also thank the New York Jets for providing me with my original opportunity.
“The future is bright, and exciting things are on the horizon! God bless to all.”
The Los Angeles native and Alabama alum was drafted by the Jets in the seventh round (208th pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He made his NFL debut in 2012 for Gang Green, and never appeared in another game after that season. In his two games with the Jets, McElroy completed 19 of 31 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. He added an interception and a fumble, and rushed for 30 yards on eight carries.
That season, McElroy found himself in an unusual quarterback controversy, with Mark Sanchez struggling and Tim Tebow not getting an opportunity. Many fans called for McElroy to get a shot under center, which he eventually did late in the season.
New York released the quarterback on August 31, 2013.
He was subsequently signed by the Bengals a day later, but was relegated to the practice squad. He never threw a pass for Cincinnati.
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