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AJ McCarron was hardly disrespected while at Alabama

Alabama quarterback McCarron celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Notre Dame in their NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Miami Reuters

Former Alabama quarterback and NFL hopeful AJ McCarron thinks he was disrespected in college. No, seriously. The three-time BCS championship quarterback with a Maxwell Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, one BCS Championship Game Offensive MVP honor and a Heisman Trophy runner-up result thinks he deserves more respect as he heads in to the NFL.


McCarron once blamed too much winning for the reason Alabama came out flat in a Sugar Bowl blowout loss to Oklahoma. Now McCarron says because all he has ever done is win is why he is not getting enough respect. The quarterback who once appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a caption that asked if it was time to consider McCarron among the best in the history of the game, thinks he is worthy of even more praise and respect as he prepares to show what he can do in the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend.

“I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won,” McCarron said during his media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine according to

McCarron does have an interesting point in all of this. Although he has been under center for a dominant stretch for the Crimson Tide, he has routinely been sitting behind the star power of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and below Georgia’s Aaron Murray in the record books. Often McCarron was even the best player on the field on his own side of the field. McCarron has played with so much talent that it sometimes becomes easy to overlook what McCarron really does bring to the table. He seems to have embraced the idea he is a game manager — and honestly when has that become a terrible thing for a quarterback — and he has expectations and goals for himself as he goes to the NFL.

Maybe McCarron does not possess the physical tools that other quarterback options will in the NFL Draft, but if McCarron thinks he was disrespected in the college game then he was not paying attention to the same sport I have been for the past few years. But just because a player was so successful in the college level does not always mean they should be given automatic praise entering the NFL.

Respect is earned. McCarron has earned it at the college level, even if he struggles to see that. Now he has to earn it at the next level.

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23 Responses to “AJ McCarron was hardly disrespected while at Alabama”
  1. suprmous says: Feb 22, 2014 5:20 PM

    What da hell???????? Geesh I know of nobody who got more press time than this l’il joker while he was there. C’mon we if weren’t subjected to his praises sung by Saban we heard it from Vernie and Danielson every time they commentated a Bama game. Good grief !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds as if he wants to be put in the same boat with Johnny Football, Clowney, and the others with an ego. If ever there was one who had the Red Carpet flung out for him this kid was one. So he should remember that everytime he opens his mouth.

  2. meatcarroll says: Feb 22, 2014 5:31 PM

    I liked him enough as a player but he really comes off as a big tool with all his comments about various things.

  3. meatcarroll says: Feb 22, 2014 5:31 PM

    I liked him enough as a player but he really comes off as a big tool with all his comments about various things.

  4. mcmccii says: Feb 22, 2014 5:34 PM


  5. normtide says: Feb 22, 2014 6:04 PM

    A star football player with an ego? You have got to be kidding me.

    I think maybe he is trying to keep a chip on his shoulder, which use probably a good thing. He wasn’t only respected at the college level, he is beloved by Bama fans. I think this is more self motivation than anything else. Hell, he gained respect when everyone saw who he was dating.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:28 PM

    The title of this article is misleading and takes his statement out of context. No other QB in college football has done what he has, yet he was constantly scrutinized while he was under center. Johnny Manziel could do no wrong even with all his off the field issues and when A&M lost. Teddy Bridgewater was put on a pedestal above McCarron at the beginning of the season, every pundit had him neck in neck as the heisman front runner with Manziel until he lost a game, how quickly he fell from grace. Aaron Murray, great QB with lots of talent and lots of talent around him was even a strong heisman contender way before McCarron even garnered any consideration.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Feb 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Ken Dorsey and AJ McCarron what do all these people have in common? If you say proving yourself at the NFL level you’d be wrong.

  8. youcantmakemepickausername says: Feb 22, 2014 8:08 PM

    he probably could have chosen his words better, but I just think he got sick of hearing the whole “game-manager” thing, and he took that to mean that he never had to do anything all that great, he just had to not screw up.

    The thing is, in some games that was obviously true, but it also implies that there would have been a ton of guys that could have done the same thing he did for three years, and I don’t think that’s true.

    (If my second paragraph confuses the hell out of you and makes no sense, don’t worry, I’m the one that actually said it and I’m not sure it makes sense to me.)

  9. Romulus says: Feb 22, 2014 8:14 PM

    I know people who went to school with him. Hung out with him all of the time. They said he is a major dbag. No bones about it.

  10. youcantmakemepickausername says: Feb 22, 2014 8:20 PM

    Romulus says: Feb 22, 2014 8:14 PM

    I know people who went to school with him. Hung out with him all of the time. They said he is a major dbag. No bones about it

    Did you ever ask said people if they make a habit of hanging out with a “major dbag” all the time?

  11. slartibartfast4242 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:52 PM

    Geez! I can’t think of one time AJ has been disrespected. And by the way, he is not “beloved” by all the Bama fans as someone claimed. It’s more of a “he’s a douche, but he’s our douche” type thing.

  12. atmason says: Feb 23, 2014 2:26 AM

    Quite a few, but not all, people in Alabama have a negative impression of him.

  13. mcmccii says: Feb 23, 2014 9:59 AM

    This “chip on the shoulder” thing is fake and played out. It’s just another cliché that the kids think people want to hear. Just be a professional and give maximum effort at all times. That will make you more successful than being fueled by some imaginary anger.
    In short, GROW UP. You’re men now.

  14. stoicpaisano says: Feb 23, 2014 10:57 AM

    Thought it was the NFL Combine, not the NCAA Combine. Why is this still in CFTalk?

  15. packhawk04 says: Feb 23, 2014 11:11 AM

    If he never said a word, he would improve his draft stock.

  16. whydoupost says: Feb 23, 2014 5:47 PM

    Just shut up and go earn it!

  17. titansbro says: Feb 23, 2014 9:31 PM

    If he is a dbag & your friends hang out with him “all the time” then your friends are dbags too. Which probably means you are a dbag too. In my experience dbags hang out with other dbags.

  18. Deb says: Feb 24, 2014 11:25 PM

    Leave for a day or two and miss the fun posts. Well, all I can say is that my sis-in-law is the most rabid Bama fan I know … and she’s not too fond of A.J. :)

    Son … it’s time to stop talking lol

  19. jtinnon2009 says: Feb 25, 2014 11:40 AM

    As a die hard Bama fan, it just seems to me that AJ is not all in as a Bama guy since about mid season 2013. May be my imagination but he did not seem to bleed crimson and white as previous Bama QBs did (Brodie Croyle, Jay Barker, Freddie Kitchens, Tyler Watts, the Tiffins, etc., etc.) He even rooted for Auburn in the title game. That’s not Alabama style. He even hangs with some Tigers. (unheard of) He projects more of a business-like style than a “love to win for Bama” image. It is true that Bama does not have the same sort of team make up as it had in the past. It’s winning more and it is recruiting nation wide and allowing some big Bama players to exit the state. Present players just don’t have the same loyalty and love for the University and the tradition. But, I can’t complain, they are winning at historic levels.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 25, 2014 4:14 PM

    And people talk about Johnny Manziel’s ego….

  21. Deb says: Feb 25, 2014 5:53 PM

    @jtinnon2009 …

    Now, wait a minute …

    I’m a diehard Bama fan and rooted for Auburn in the title game because of the SEC. I hate Auburn as much as the next Bama fan. But if you spent as much time on here as I do listening to B1G fans rag on Southerners, you might have rooted for that SEC streak to continue as well. Most of my family disagreed, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love the Tide as much as they do.

    And present players have as much love for the school as past players. Mark Ingram’s always on the sidelines, and he’s not alone. A.J. is one guy. With him, it’s not about disloyalty to Bama … it’s about self-promotion.

  22. ghengy says: Feb 25, 2014 9:27 PM

    Word of advice AJ…..Shut the hell up. Now if you dont mind, can I have your mom’s phone number?

  23. tdub821 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:00 PM


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