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Veteran NFL QB Josh McCown Announces He's Retiring

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One of the NFL's most-veteran quarterbacks has officially decided to call it a career, announcing his retirement from the league.

Josh McCown, 39, announced in a piece for The Players' Tribune that he's decided to retire from the National Football League.

The former Sam Houston State quarterback was a third-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for 10 different NFL teams, beginning his career with the Cardinals and ending it with the Jets.

McCown also had stops in Detroit, Oakland, Miami, Carolina, San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

The veteran NFL quarterback spent 17 years in the league.

“I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force. Because it’s been one heck of a journey. Now … that journey is coming to an end," he wrote.

McCown ends his career having thrown for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns. He has 1,581 career completions.