Jets' McCown still going strong, joining the likes of Thorpe

In this Dec. 3, 2017, photo, New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a two-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in East Rutherford, N.J. McCown was widely viewed as simply a place holder, a veteran who would bridge the gap until the next franchise quarterback stepped up and took his spot under center. But a funny thing happened along the way: The 38-year-old McCown has had the best season of his 15-year career, established himself as an emotional leader. Coach Todd Bowles reiterated on Wednesday, Dec. 6, that McCown will be New York's starter for the final four games of the regular season. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

%name Jets' McCown still going strong, joining the likes of Thorpe

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Josh McCown has had the type of season that few people – other than the New York Jets quarterback himself – could have expected.

He was widely viewed as simply a place holder, a veteran who would bridge the gap until the next franchise quarterback stepped up and took his spot under center.

McCown still may very well be just that. But a funny thing happened along the way: The 38-year-old McCown has had the best season of his 15-year career and established himself as an emotional leader who has the Jets still thinking playoffs in early December.

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