The Philadelphia Eagles pulled quarterback Josh McCown out of retirement in order to make him their backup. Unfortunately, he did have some other family obligations at the time of his signing, and apparently he's being allowed to fulfill them during the season.
According to NJ.com, the Eagles have agreed to let McCown continue to coach his sons' high school football team during the 2019 season. Per the report, the Eagles will let McCown fly to his home in Charlotte after Friday practices in order to coach at Myers Park High School.
CBS Sports reported that the 40-year-old McCown made it clear that being able to commute home was an important factor when he chose to un-retire this summer. Charlotte is about 500 miles from Philadelphia, but still close enough for a quick flight.
"The proximity to Charlotte was a factor, and part of why it made sense to sign here," McCown said of his decision to join the Eagles earlier this month.
McCown is heading into his 18th season of professional football with his 12th pro team. He spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
Though he's one of several players over 40 in the NFL, his kids are among the oldest. Back when he was with the Jets, it became a running joke that his daughter was old enough to date then-rookie Sam Darnold.
The Eagles signed McCown after primary backup Nate Sudfeld injured his arm in the preseason.
Considering Carson Wentz's recent struggles staying healthy, McCown could see the field for the Eagles on a moment's notice.