Even as an elementary-age football player at Trimmier Park and a baseball player for the Municipal Park National Division Minor League All-Stars, AJ McCarron had the number 10 on his jersey. So there he was Saturday on the turf of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum modeling his Cincinnati Bengals game uniform for photographers wearing the No. 5.
Thirty-six rookies were excused by their new NFL teams from some portion of their first OTAs this week to attend the NFL Players Association’s Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. Among those attending were St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason from Auburn, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Madison Academy in Huntsville and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron from Alabama and St. Paul’s in Mobile.
“And believe me, to have been in the city of Tuscaloosa in October when you were young and full of Early Times and had a shining Alabama girl by your side. To have had all that and then to have seen those red shirts pour onto the field, and, then, coming behind them, with that inexorable big cat walk of his, the man himself, The Bear, that was very good indeed.”