Thursday September 18th, 2014

Thirty-seven years after enrolling at BYU, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is finally set to graduate from college.

Madden 15 simulation: Thursday Night Football

Despite playing four seasons at BYU, McMahon had not accrued enough credits to graduate and was too busy leading the life of an NFL quarterback to finish his degree in the ensuing years. McMahon told the Deseret News he finally found the time and energy to complete his studies in 2014.

"I got real tired of studying. I think I studied more in the last eight months than I did in the five years of school that I went there. I'm glad it's over with. It's taken me 37 years, but I got it done."

McMahon added that, just like a real college student, the first people he called when he finished his last course were his parents.

Amazing Derek Jeter farewell ad

The "punky QB" is currently in the College Football Hall of Fame, but was not eligible for BYU's until he completed his full course load.


Brendan Maloy


SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.