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McCarron looks to become first Alabama quarterback to win in NFL since 1987

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An Alabama quarterback hasn't won in the NFL for 28 years. But does that stat really mean anything? We take a look at the numbers in this episode of "The Numbers, They Tell You A Lot."

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One stat being thrown around a lot this week is: the last time a former member of the Crimson Tide won as a starting quarterback in the NFL was November 15, 1987, when Jeff Rutledge of the New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-17. In the following video, Dr. Hodgie "the Electric Smodgie" analyzes this seemingly insignificant stat:

Dr. Smodgie essentially ask, "Should Bengals fans be worried about A.J. McCarron?" His reply is: of course not.

First of all, while Alabama is one of the most successful programs in college football, that does not guarantee they will produce top notch signal callers. And they are not alone in that regard. For instance, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who actually have more overall wins (879) than the Crimson Tide (862), have not produced a quarterback who won in the pros since October 4, 1987, when Bruce Mathison of the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Miami Dolphins. So it's not like there's something fundamentally wrong with Alabama QBs.

But, you may argue, the Crimson Tide, unlike the Cornhuskers, have won three championships since 2010. Dr. Hodgie responds by saying that McCarron was the quarterback in two of those games (in 2012 and 2013).  And he hasn't even been given a chance yet. Meanwhile, the starter for the first championship? Greg McElroy, who actually won in 2012 with the New York Jets, but did not start the game. However, Dr. Smodgie points out that it is not fair to compare McElroy with McCarron. While McCarron was key to his team's success (throwing at least 28 passes in each BCS championship game), McElroy was a true role player (only attempting 11 passes in a rout of the Texas Longhorns).

Dr. Smodgie concludes by arguing that, not only is it ridiculous to judge McCarron by the failures of his fellow alumni, but there are indications that he may indeed - as the quarterback hinted - find great success in the NFL.