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Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron is back in the NFL

AJ McCarron (#10) attempts a pass for St. Louis Battlehawks in XFL Game.
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AJ McCarron has returned to the National Football League.

He spent last season in the new XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks.

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McCarron turned in impressive numbers in the USFL and caught the attention of NFL teams. The former Alabama quarterback was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent time with the Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons before going to the XFL. McCarron is now back with the team that originally drafted him. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network broke the news as Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow is dealing with a calf injury. McCarron, 33, has NFL experience and can help a Cincinnati team that has the talent to reach the Super Bowl.

He was a three-time BCS National Champion for the Crimson Tide (2009, 2011, and 2012), including a two-time national champion as a starting quarterback. McCarron holds the record for career passing yards (9,019) for the Tide.

RELATED: AJ McCarron named 2023 XFL MVP

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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