Greg Mcelroy has brought to an end his NFL career aged just 25.
The quarterback came into the National Football League in 2011 having enjoyed a profitable college career with Alabama but failed to transfer his success into the pros.
Mcelroy led the Crimson tide to the 2009 BCS National Championship in his junior year and was drafted by the New York Jets in round seven.
But that was perhaps the high point of an NFL career which never really took off.
In two years with the Jets, and a further season on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad he made just one career start in a 2010 game.
Many have likened him to recent Alabama QB, and draft prospect, AJ McCarron who will be hoping to transition more effectively than his college predecessor when he enters the NFL this year.
And today, as he officially announced he would leave the league, Mcelroy had some words of thanks:
"Thank you to Marvin Lewis, the Brown Family, and the entire Cincinnati Bengals' organization.
"The fans make this decision especially difficult, as you have provided so much joy throughout my career.
"Playing in the NFL was my lifelong dream; therefore, I must also thank the New York Jets for providing me with my original opportunity," he posted on his Twitter account.
Who knows what is next for Mcelroy but it is a shame to see a player walking away from the sport which he has lived and breathed for so many years.
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