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