I’m here to talk about Michael McCorkle Jones since, as of today, he’s going to be the third former Alabama quarterback to start in the NFL this season.

Sure, fans of the Crimson Tide enjoy reminiscing about three of their favorite ‘sons,’ Mac Jones of the New England Patriots, Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins, and Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the other two aren’t our Pro Athlete of the Week, Jones is.

In part, it’s because of his performances during the entire preseason, but also because of how well he showed the ability to orchestrate the Patriots offense, known to be as complex as they come, in its most recent game.

Jones broke the slump and passed for his first touchdown as an NFL quarterback, albeit un-technically, in New England’s final tune-up to the New York Giants, and he put in a modest-yet-impressive showing of poise, football IQ, and anticipatory throws (if you haven’t heard, the Patriots aren’t the Patriots without those descriptors).

On the night, here are the numbers for the rookie: 10-14, 156 yards, and one touchdown to, keeping with the McCorkle Way, zero interceptions.

Jones and New England are set to play Tagovailoa and Miami week one of the NFL season. 

Previous winners in 2021:

Dec. 29 - Jan. 5 Derrick Henry

Jan. 6 - 12 Daron Payne

Jan. 13 - 19 Levi Wallace

Jan. 20 - 26 Collin Sexton

Jan. 27 - Feb. 2. JaMychal Green

Feb. 3 - 9 Collin Sexton

Feb. 9 - 16 Kira Lewis Jr.

Feb. 17 - 23 Levi Randolph

Feb. 24 - March 2 Collin Sexton

March 3 - 9 Collin Sexton

March 10 - 16 Justin Thomas

March 17 - 23 Collin Sexton

March 24 - 30 JaMychal Green

March 31 - April 6 Collin Sexton

April 7 - April 13 Collin Sexton

April 14 - April 20 Levi Randolph

April 21 - April 27 Collin Sexton

April 28 - May 4 Davis Riley

May 5 - May 11 Collin Sexton

May 12 - May 18 Dicky Pride

May 19 - May 25 Spencer Turnbull

May 26 - June 1 Alexa Guarachi

June 2 - June 8 Kenzie Wright

June 9 - June 15 Eryk Anders

June 16 - June 22 Daniel Haugh

June 23 - June 29 Daniel Haugh

June 30 - July 7 Emma Talley

July 7 - July 13 Blake Sims

July 14 - July 20 Brett Auerbach

July 21 - July 27 Haylie McCleney

July 28 - Aug. 3 Kirani James

Aug. 4 - Aug. 10 Remona Burchell

Aug. 11 - Aug. 17 Kira Lewis

Aug. 18 - Aug. 24 Steven Setterstrom