Jacksonville Daily Progress
With all due respect to the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, the most noteworthy NFL game this weekend in the minds of many Jacksonville residents might just be be the New Orleans Saints clash with the Chicago Bears (12 noon Sunday, Chicago's Soldier Field).
That's because Saints vs. Bears will pit a pair of Jacksonville's favorites — brothers Josh and Luke McCown, sons of Pat and Robin McCown — against one another.
Josh, in his 11th season as a NFL quarterback, serves as Jay Cutler's back-up in Chicago, while Luke, who is in his 10th season as a member of the NFL, works in the same capacity in New Orleans behind Drew Brees.
Sunday will not be the first time that the brothers McCown have gone toe-to-toe in the NFL.
According to Mrs. McCown, Sunday will be the fifth time that Josh, and Luke have met on a NFL football field during their long careers.
In a league where physicality seems to escalate weekly, with the quarterback position being, arguably, the most vulnerable of all positions, both McCowns must be mentally and physically ready to enter the game at a drop of a hat, something that both have been accustomed to doing for a while now.
Josh, 34, played collegiatley for three seasons at SMU, before wrapping up his college career at Sam Houston State University.
He was picked in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Josh has played in 50 NFL games and has started 33 of those contests.
He has played for Arizona (2002-05), Detroit (2006), Oakland (2007), Carolina (2008-09) and is currently in his third season with the Bears.
As a NFL signal caller Josh has passed for just under 7,000 yards and has thrown 37 touchdown passes.
Luke, 32, a Louisiana Tech product, was a fourth round selection of the Cleveland Browns in 2004.
He has seen duty in 26 NFL games and has started nine times.
Teams that have employed Luke include, Cleveland (2004), Tampa Bay (2007-08), Jacksonville (2009-11), Atlanta (2012) and this year New Orleans.
He has amassed 2,035 yards passing and has hurled nine touchdowns in the NFL.