It has been a decade since Josh McCown led the Jacksonville Indians at the Tomato Bowl. Standing at his old stomping ground Wednesday night brought back good memories for the quarterback.
"You can't explain what it's like to run out there as an Indian," Josh smiled. "Grandparents, uncles, everybody that has played here in my family, everybody has the same feeling. It's very special."
Josh was East Texas Player of the Year, District 17-4A Offensive Player of the Year and was honorable mention all-state.
After playing college ball at SMU, Josh was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. His career then led him to Detroit, Oakland and now the Dolphins. Josh said every day he's grateful to be a pro.
"It's a job and you approach it everyday, and it never gets old when you move as much as I have," he laughed. "It's special and it's a tremendous blessing to wake up everyday and say 'Hey, I play in the NFL.'"
In February, Josh signed a two-year, $6.25 million free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins. He and his family moved to Florida, where brother Luke is playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"This is the closest I lived to one of my family members in a long time," the father of four smiled. "We're excited. We're liking south Florida. It's been a great move for us. My family enjoys it."
During negotiations Josh met with new Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Bill Parcells.
"I remember when they gave me the itinerary, I looked at the schedule and there's the meeting with Bill Parcells. I started sweating a little bit because you see him on TV and you have this idea of who he is and his persona. Then you sit down with him, it was different than anything I expected."
"To sit with a guy like that, it was a big honor."
As the Dolphins try to rebound from a 1-15 season, Josh said he's excited to be a part of an organization that is clearly moving up.
"For us it's all new, and so the one and 15 thing is not even a factor for the new guys there and Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano."
"We're excited about what will happen in Miami."
The McCown Passing Camp will be held June 27-28th at Tyler Junior College. Scheduled NFL players to appear are Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Kellen Winslow, Jr. For more information visit www.mccownpassingcamp.com.