AJ McCarron Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 6,000,000
Real name Raymond Anthony "A. J." McCarron Jr.
Source of Wealth Professional football and NFL career
Profession Professional football player, NFL player
Spouse/Partner Married to Katherine Webb
Date of Birth Sep 13, 1990
Zodiac Virgo
Age 32
Gender Male
Height 191 cm / 6 ft 3 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Brother Corey McCarron

Biography

Raymond Anthony McCarron Jr., more commonly known as “AJ” McCarron, is an American football quarterback. He previously played in the NFL before joining the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL.[1]

He is most popular for winning three consecutive BCS National Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013 while playing for the Crimson Tide. He was twice the starting quarterback for Alabama and a two-time Second-team All-SEC.

McCarron was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals and was the 164th overall pick, but he played backup for four seasons. He also played for the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons.

In 2022, he transferred to St. Louis BattleHawks in XFL. McCarron’s net worth is $6 million.

Early life and high school football beginnings

AJ McCarron was born September 13, 1990, in Mobile, Alabama, to his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and father, Tony McCarron. His brother, Corey McCarron, was also a football player for Middle Tennessee State.

He went to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and then transferred to St. Paul's Episcopal School. AJ started playing football in high school and helped his high school team win the state championship.

While still in high school, McCarron was recruited by multiple teams, including Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels, and the Tennessee volunteers.

He chose the Crimson Tide and was the only quarterback recruited by the team in the 2009 recruiting class.

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College career

McCarron had a pretty successful college football career. He recorded passing the most yards - 9,019, and the second-most touchdowns - 77.[2]

His first season in 2010, he didn’t play during the season. However, Alabama won the 2009 BCS National Championship.

The following 2011 season, he was the starting quarterback for the first time and earned the 2012 BCS National Championship.

The same season, AJ got his first All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.

The 2012 season was also a solid start for McCarron, being the starting quarterback for the second year in a row. His skills and performance helped Alabama reach the 2012 SEC Championship Game and play against the Georgia Bulldogs. They won and qualified to play in the 2013 BCS National Championship against Notre Dame.

The Crimson Tide won the 2013 BCS National Championship. The team’s victory made McCarron the first quarterback to win back-to-back BCS titles.

In his junior season, AJ also won the 2012 CFPA Quarterback Trophy.

In the 2013 season, McCarron appeared in Sports Illustrated's October issue. In his senior season, he was selected All-SEC for the second time.

Professional career

Before the 2014 NFL draft, McCarron was described as a quarterback with efficient game management and decision-making, but was criticized for his “occasional bone-headed decisions.”[3]He was projected to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round.

However, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Cincinnati Bengals, the 164th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

AJ McCarron came off as overconfident and cocky and got negative points with other teams during the interview at the NFL Scouting Combine when he stated that his biggest attribute is being a winner. He also added that he had been disrespected during his college career because he’d won.[4]

In May 2014, McCarron signed a four-year $2.4 million contract with a $181,652 signing bonus with the Bengals. However, at the beginning of his 2014 rookie season, he sustained a shoulder injury and spent most of the season as an injury reserve without much playing time.

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The following 2015 season was more fortunate for AJ because he was named the backup quarterback to start the season. He also became the first Alabama quarterback to win an NFL game when the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the San Francisco 49ers.

In the 2017 season, the Bengals wanted to trade McCarron to the Cleveland Browns. However, the Browns failed to file the paperwork, and the trade didn’t happen.

In November 2017, AJ filed a labor grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals, requesting to become an unrestricted free agent and claiming he was healthy enough after the team placed him on the injured reserve list.

In February 2018, he won the grievance and became a free agent. The following month, he signed a $10 million contract with the Buffalo Bills for two years.

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AJ was aiming for the starting quarterback position. However, he missed the first weeks of the 2018 season due to a shoulder injury wrongly diagnosed as a hairline fracture in his collarbone. After a second opinion, the diagnosis was refuted, and he was allowed to play in preseason games.

McCarron didn’t play for the Bills in the 2018 season. In September 2018, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he appeared in two games.

In 2019, he signed with the Houston Texans. He recorded his first NFL start in a game against the Tennessee Titans since 2015. In 2020, McCarron re-signed with the Texans but played very little.

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In 2021, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons. But he tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and was put on the injured reserve list.

On November 15, 2022, AJ signed with the St. Louis BattleHawks and was welcomed into the XFL.[5]He’ll play for the BattleHawks in the 2023 season.

After his 2014 NFL draft, he partnered with AXE Hair and promoted their then-newly released hair gel products.[6]

Personal life

AJ McCarron got engaged to his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in March 2014, and they got married in May of the same year. They have three sons and live in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Conclusion

AJ McCarron is a professional football quarterback. He was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

McCarron also played for several teams, including Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons. In November 2022, he was assigned to the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL.

He is a three-time BCS National Champion and two-time Second-team All-SEC.

McCarron’s net worth is estimated at $6 million.

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References

  1. A. J. McCarron (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._J._McCarron (Accessed: December 23, 2022). 

  2. Where is AJ McCarron? Former Alabama Star QB Still Working out with NFL Teams (2022) Sporting News. Available at: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/aj-mccarron-alabama-qb-nfl-teams/vozga6rhyfxql3apciuqfn94 (Accessed: December 23, 2022).

  3. AJ McCarron Draft and Combine Prospect Profile (no date) NFL.com. Available at: https://www.nfl.com/prospects/aj-mccarron/32004d43-4317-6481-14f6-641e3cdc7a9a (Accessed: December 23, 2022). 

  4. Brady, J. (2014) AJ McCarron Says his Best Attribute is 'Being a Winner', SBNation.com. SBNation.com. Available at: https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/2/21/5434038/aj-mccarron-alabama-scouting-combine-quote-tom-brady (Accessed: December 23, 2022). 

  5. M.I. (2022) The Rock Welcomes AJ McCarron to the XFL, AL. Available at: https://www.al.com/sports/2022/11/the-rock-welcomes-aj-mccarron-to-the-xfl.html (Accessed: December 23, 2022). 

  6. Axe® Hair Teams up with Football Stars Eric Decker and AJ McCarron to up Their Style Game with New Gels (2018) Cision PR Newswire. Available at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/axe-hair-teams-up-with-football-stars-eric-decker-and-aj-mccarron-to-up-their-style-game-with-new-gels-242739941.html (Accessed: December 23, 2022).