Josh McCown announced his retirement yesterday after a 15-year career in which he played for seven teams, including the Bears from 2011-2013, with his final season being the one that extended his career and left fans wondering “what if?” It’s too bad most Bears fans couldn’t appreciate McCown’s time with the Bears.
But we all remember the Dallas game.
Monday Night Football.
Eight degrees with a wind chill of negative-nine.
Mike Ditka’s jersey being retired.
McCown — who half the fans were still calling McNown — balling out in a 45-28 Bears win.
[Editor’s Note: I was there. I didn’t thaw out until Friday.]
It was the most fun many of us ever had watching a Bears offense. They scored on all eight of their drives before ending the game by taking a knee. McCown, specifically, was special, going 27/36 with 348 yards, four touchdowns and another rushing. He spread the ball out too, as four players had five or more catches.
McCown’s performance was as special as we got until this past season when Mitch Trubisky torched the Buccaneers for six touchdowns.
And yet, we couldn’t enjoy it.