A.J McCarron has been in the NFL for a grand total of 24 hours, yet he has already mastered one aspect of the life of a player....the furious backtrack from a "mis-interpreted" comment.
McCarron - the new backup for Andy Dalton at the Cincinnati Bengals - made 40 consecutive starts for the Alabama Crimson Tide in college football, but said that he probably shouldn't have.
McCarron was taking part in a radio interview after the draft and mentioned playing through injuries that he took a risk doing, and his words blew up on social media.
A lot of people don't realize I wasn't healthy at Alabama. I sacrificed a lot to play for Coach Saban and that university. I played through a lot of injuries. And we never leaked it, because that's just the way it is," McCarron said on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
"I played through a lot, but just always tried to fight through for my teammates, and my team, and the University of Alabama."
Whilst McCarron didn't criticise Nick Saban or say he should've sat out some games, he definitely left open a bit of reading between the lines in the situation.
Well the quotes made their way on to the world wide web and McCarron and his giant ego got a bit of a whacking from Bama fans unhappy that it looked like he was throwing his former side and coach under the bus.
McCarron saw this and immediately went on the defensive, professing his love for the program...
"I never said I didn't love my time at Bama I said myself & other guys played through a lot of injuries for our great university & for fans.."
"People need to understand I wasn't bashing anybody at all or coach. He's like a dad to me all I was saying was us as players give a lot so"
The final tweet was more interesting, with the QB taking a swipe at the media. McCarron has never liked the media because they called him out as the poor player that he is.
"Y'all stop reading so much into this media bull.. I love Bama & always will. Roll Tide for life. Love my fans and ex-teammates/brothers #RTR"
You're a long way from Tuscaloosa now AJ.