CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local high school will have a rooting interest in Sunday Night Football this weekend.
From the sidelines at Marvin Ridge High School as the quarterbacks coac to starting NFL quarterback in just a few weeks, Josh McCown will lace 'em up for the Chicago Bears this weekend.
He was in Marvin Ridge head coach Scott Chadwick's office just a few weeks ago when his agent called and said the Bears wanted to sign him.
Chadwick says all of this couldn't have happened to a better man.
“The Saturday before our first game, we're scouting East Meck at a scrimmage and two days later, this guy had left and gone to the NFL to go to training camp. But there we are and he's just walking around like a normal old guy and two days later, he's on an NFL practice field,” Chadwick said.
But that short training camp stint in August didn't last too long, and McCown returned to help mentor Chadwick's son, Tyler, who played quarterback this season for the Mavericks, who ended a strong playoff push at 10-2.
McCown last started in 2007. He played a couple of seasons with the Panthers, only throwing six passes.
As for Sunday, he's ready to go against the Packers, but don't exactly say he's flying high.
“I don't want to get too excited and too amped up because, for me, , absolutely it's a cool story, and a cool moment. Nut at the same time, I'm a competitor. I want to win the game.”
McCown and the Bears play at Green Bay at 8:15 p.m. Sunday on NewsChannel 36.