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Josh McCown grew up Cowboys fan, but heart is in Cleveland for now

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and would be intrigued about a trade back home but his heart and focus remain with the Browns.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and would be intrigued about a trade back home but his heart and focus remain with the Browns. AP

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has heard all the rumors about a potential trade to the Dallas Cowboys to serve as Tony Romo’s backup.

Beyond the fact that the Browns have talked to him about it, his phone hasn’t started ringing from excited friends and family back in Texas .

“Yeah, I’m aware of that,” said McCown, who grew up in Jacksonvile, Texas and played in college at SMU and Sam Houston State. “My family is from Texas , as you guys know. As much as you try to not be aware of things, they make you aware of things. I’m aware of it, but my focus is here and what we have to do with this football team.”

Per sources, the Cowboys have discussed trading for McCown but the situation remains in limbo as the team re-thinks its plan for replacing the injured Kellen Moore as Romo’s primary backup.

McCown said he and the Browns have talked about the trade rumors and right now they are on the same page regarding him staying with the organization as a backup to starter Robert Griffin III.

But he doesn’t deny growing up a Cowboys idolizing Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and being somewhat intrigued about the possibility of a trade. But until something happens or things change, he said his heart remains with the Cleveland Browns.

“Growing up in Texas , I’ve worn No. 12 most of my career because of (former Cowboys QB) Roger Staubach,” McCown said. “My brother started doing that. Obviously, the Cowboys, if you grew up in Texas, are near and dear to everybody’s heart. Once you cross over into the business portion of this life, those allegiances kind of fly out the window. You have a job to do. For me, my job and my heart is here and doing everything I can to help the Cleveland Browns to be good. That’s what I’m about. All of that is nice. It’s neat, especially being from Texas, but at the same time, this is where my focus is.”

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