Katherine McCarron, the former Miss Alabama model who shot into the spotlight during the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, believes her husband, Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron can lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl. Or at least, that's what she told ESPN this week.
"He could take us to the Super Bowl," Katherine told ESPN. "I thought about that [Sunday] for the first time and it just kind of gave me chills. And at the same time, I have Andy in the back of my mind. Andy has taken us through the whole season and in my mind, I'm like, 'I would love for AJ just to be able to do it for him and for the team.'"
That's a bold prediction as McCarron has yet to start an NFL game and saw his first real NFL action just days ago. But, it's a prediction Bengals fans would like to believe in, should Andy Dalton not return in time to lead the Bengals through the playoffs. It was announced yesterday that Dalton is week-to-week and could return anytime between Week 17 and next season.
"Here, in this household, we haven't really dealt with a lot of losses," Katherine McCarron said. "And we haven't really dealt with a lot of interceptions, either. He's definitely a perfectionist when it comes to his craft. So he wants everything to be on point, and he knows exactly what he has to do and whenever he makes a mistake, it's horrible. He takes it so bad. That's just the way he is. He's just super competitive. So you have to let him know: 'it's OK. People make mistakes.'"
That's all true. McCarron had a 36-4 record at Alabama where he led the Crimson Tide to two national championships and recorded 28 touchdowns vs 7 interceptions in his senior season. McCarron was even better the year prior, recording 30 touchdowns and a mere 3 interceptions. Throughout his four years at Alabama, McCarron had a 162.5 passer rating.
Still, no matter your college experience, taking over in the NFL as a backup is no easy task, especially when the man you take over for was performing at a level only the best quarterbacks in the NFL are capable of.
"He probably feels like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders to carry the team the rest of the way through the season, and even into the playoffs," Katherine said. "But just what I've seen him go through in college and his confidence back then and how he responded then, I have no doubt in my mind that he will be able to do the same thing here."