Greg McElroy: Early Life, Wife & Net Worth

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Greg McElroy is a former American NFL quarterback who caught public attention as a football commentator. He has also worked for ESPN’s SEC Network after his retirement.

McElroy was a college football analyst and rose to fame after hosting Thinking Out Loud.

As a former Alabama player, on 25 January 2023, McElroy shared his views on Bill O’Brien’s stint at Alabama.

According to him, O’Brien as an offensive coordinator did not have the most popular tenure at the University of Alabama. His 2 years in Tuscaloosa were underrated, and he did “more with less” than some previous regimes.

Greg McElroy
Greg McElroy (Source: Twitter)

Let’s continue with the former QB, who won various awards and was named an EA Sports All-American during his high school career. He also won Texas 5A state championship for Southlake Carroll.

After graduating as a scholarship student from the University of Alabama, Greg is among the smartest athletes and was ranked the 20th smartest athlete.

After playing college football impressively in Alabama, the New York Jets of the NFL drafted the smart athlete in 2011.

Greg led Crimson Tide to a win of 14-0 season in his college football; he won the SEC Championship and BCS National Championships awards.

In 2012, when he led his team to victory, he was named the starting quarterback.

He has won many awards, including induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Now, before we go over the details about one of the smartest all-time athletes, let us look into the quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Full Name Gregory Vincent McElroy Jr.
Date Of Birth 10 May 1988
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Nick Name Greg McElroy, McElroy
Religion Not Available
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Caroll Senior High School, University Of Alabama
Horoscope Taurus
Father’s Name Gregory Vincent McElroy Sr.
Mother’s Name Jami McElroy
Siblings Sister, Blair McElroy
Age 36 Years Old
Height 6 ft 2 in / 188 cm / 1.88 m
Weight 102 kg / 225 lb
Hair Color Brunette
Eye Color Hazel
Build Athletic
Profession Former National Football League Player, College Football Analyst
Position Quarterback
NFL Draft 2011 (7th Round)
Active Years In NFL 2011-2014
Marital Status Married
Wife Meredith Grey McElroy
Kids Son (Name Unknown)
Net Worth Estimated $6-$8 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Football Card
Last Update July 2024

Early Life, Family, And Education

Gregory Vincent McElroy Jr. was born on May 10, 1988, to Gregory Vincent Senior and Jami McElroy in Los Angeles, California. He grew up watching his dad play on the offensive line at the University of Hawaii.

McElroy has a sister, Blair McElroy, who is also a former quarterback for Alabama and was often mistaken as his girlfriend turned wife.

When Greg Jr. was ten, a professional American football team named Dallas Cowboys in Texas hired his father to manage the sales and marketing for the franchise.

Therefore, the McElroys had to move to Texas, where Greg Jr. attended Caroll Senior High School. Initially, Greg was trained by his father for his Pee Wee football team.

When McElroy was in high school, Todd Dodge coached him in his sophomore and junior seasons.

The former quarterback graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in business marketing and obtained a Master’s degree in sports management.

Also, Greg was named the 20th smartest athlete by Sporting News. Similarly, on 11 February 2011, McElroy scored 43 out of 50 in a Wonderlic Test of Intelligence.

However, it was reported that he had an actual score of 48, which was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s all-time high score.

Age And Body Measurements

The former NFL player Greg McElroy is tall at 1.88 meters and weighs 225 lb.

The former quarterback has been gifted with sparkling light brown eyes and brunette hair, complementing his fair skin.

Unfortunately, the information regarding Greg’s body measurement, tattoos, and shoe size is currently unknown.

Early Career

As a senior in high school, McElroy won the Texas 5A Players of the Year award and was an EA-Sports All-American.

Greg was ranked number five in all of Texas with 56 touchdowns and 4,646 yards passing.

Similarly, because of his talent and intelligence, McElroy received several scholarship offers from Division 1 football schools.

After taking his time in decision-making, he finally chose Alabama Crimson Tide from the University of Alabama.

However, Greg did not play the first season as his coach, Mike Shula, put him on a training period to perfect his skills.

Greg McElroy
Greg McElroy NFL Career (Source: zimbio.com)

Later, after his training sessions were over, McElroy missed six games during regular seasons. Even then, Greg and his team won against Western Kentucky, completing 4 of 6 passes for 61 yards in his first pass of the season.

In the next game against Arkansas, McElroy threw his first career interception. In addition, his first touchdown pass of the season came in a 36-0 route against Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.

He played an incredible game and was expected to start quarterback for the 2009 season.

McElroy and one of his teammates, Mark Ingram, won the SEC offensive Player of the Week award.

On 26 September, in an SEC match against Arkansas, Greg finished the game with his career’s highest passing yards, i.e., 291 passing yards.

Similarly, in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, McElroy finished the Alabama game and earned MVP honors.

McElroy was inducted as a National Football Foundation scholar/athlete into the College Football Hall of Fame on 7 October 2010.

To top that off, Greg McElroy won against Michigan State in his final college game and finished the school record with 2,987 passing yards.

Professional Career

Even though McElroy succeeded with the Alabamas and was praised for his accuracy and work ethic, his professional career started late.

New York Jets

In the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected McElroy in the 7th round and agreed to a four-year contract.

On 15 August 2011, Greg made his preseason debut against Houston Texans by replacing Mark Sanchez. Moreover, he completed 23 of his 39 pass attempts for 208 yards and a touchdown.

However, the Texans won that game after the receiver for the Jets missed the winning pass.

Greg played his NFL Debut game on December 2, 2012, against Arizona Cardinals, replacing Mark Sanchez.

McElroy threw his first NFL touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland and finished the game with 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

On 18 December 2012, McElroy was named the starting quarterback. For the final game with the Jets against the Buffalo Bills, Greg revealed that he had suffered concussion symptoms.

Further, on 1 September 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals signed the starting quarterback to another practice team.

Additionally, McElroy has played against several professional teams, such as the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and many more. He has won numerous games and lost a few.

However, he announced his retirement from the NFL on 21 March 2014 and began his broadcasting career.

Broadcasting Career

After McElroy declared that he would retire from NFL in August 2014, he announced that he would become a football analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network.

He began his career as an analyst during the 2017 College Football season. Then he hosted Thinking Out Loud on SEC Network with former LSU defensive end Marcus Spears and SEC anchor/reporter Alyssa Lang.

Greg McElroy
Greg McElroy As A Commentator (Source: saturdaydownsouth)

McElroy serves as a college football analyst for Saturday games on ABC/ESPN.

Greg and Cole Cubelic were named co-hosts of the morning show on WJOX, a sports talk radio station in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021.

In one of the episodes of the Always College Football podcast, the former Alabama QB expressed his concern about the Florida fanbase.

In the 2022 season, the Gators finished with a 6-7 record, losing five of their last seven games. Florida fans displeasure could be seen throughout the season on social media, with some calling Billy Napier to be ousted as head coach after his first season in charge.

He has been giving insights on the football on his podcasts and has been able to reach many football fans with his great work.

Salary And Net Worth

While the exact figure has not been disclosed until now, as per the average salary of an NFL quarterback, estimated at $5.76 million, we can assume that McElroy’s net worth may be approximately $6 -$8 million.

Gregory McElroy had signed a few contracts of $830k total and is currently earning from his broadcasting career.

Greg’s materialistic possessions, like cars and houses, have not been on social media; nevertheless, we can figure out that his life is far from ordinary.

Marriage And Personal Life

Gregory McElroy tied the knot with his college sweetheart, Meredith Grey, on 21 February 2015.

It was a simple yet beautiful wedding held at Arlington Hall. The couple had dated for four years before getting married.

Both of them are quite secretive about their relationship, which is why they seem to have had a perfectly healthy and happy marriage, and they don’t have any rumors regarding their past affairs.

Greg has an adorable son with his wife. Although there is no news regarding the birth of their son, from McElroy’s Twitter, it seems that the little guy is around 2 to 3 years old as of 2020.

Apart from being a loving and caring husband and dad, Greg is a kind-hearted, generous human.

He is associated with the Religious Tradition of golfer Jerry Pate, which supports local charities.

In addition, McElroy also visits the Children’s Hospital in Alabama quite often to interact with the patients and understand them.

College Statistics

Year GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Lng Y/G Att Yds Avg TD Lng Y/G
2007 2 0 8 9 88.9 73 1 0 32 36.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 6 0 8 11 72.7 123 1 1 34 20.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 14 14 197 325 60.6 2,508 17 4 80 179.1 54 83 1.5 1 16 5.9
2010 13 13 222 313 70.9 2,987 20 5 85 230.6 59 −16 −0.3 1 17 −1.3
Total 34 27 436 658 65.8 5,691 39 10 85 160.9 113 67 0.5 2 17 3.3

Social Media Presence

McElroy is active on social media. Nonetheless, he keeps his personal life to himself.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Popularity Graph

Greg McElroy is a former NFL player who later became and rose to fame as a football commentator.

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Greg McElroy Popularity Graph (Source: Google)

The above graph shows McElroy‘s popularity over the past twelve months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How many professional teams did McElroy play for?

He played for two professional NFL teams. McElroy was initially drafted by the New York Jets in the 2011 NFL Draft. After four years with the Jets, he signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Greg wore jersey number 14.

Why did Greg McElroy retire from NFL?

The reason why McElroy retired from the NFL is still not disclosed; however, it may be because of his injuries. He had symptoms of concussion and had injured his ankle as well. Greg had also suffered from broken ribs in the third game against Florida.

Did Greg McElroy Suffer from Covid-19?

During the pandemic situation, many people were affected. Greg was one of them; he announced on his Twitter account that he tested positive for Covid-19 and had to miss his TV broadcasting episodes.

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  1. In my opinion Greg McElroy is very successful at everything he has done. On a more personal level Greg is a very caring person. Let me tell you how I know this. In April of 2011 my son and his then pregnant new bride were in a horrific tornado that ripped through Alabama. They both sustained some terrible injuries. My son however sustained very life threatening injuries that would keep him in the ICU in Gadsden Alabama for a solid month. It took approximately 2 weeks before we were given much hope for his survival. Once we were told that he would survive I made a call to the University of Alabama. I spoke with Coach Nick Sabans personal assistant. After explaining my son’s situation she asked me if he could have visitors. I explained that in the coming days he would be moved from ICU to an ICU stepdown unit and then would be allowed more opportunity for visitors. She gave me a date and time and told me that we would have a visitor from a familiar face. I asked who? She only told me that we would recognize this person and told me to meet them at the main entrance of the hospital that coming Friday at 1 pm. On Friday at 1 pm I was standing at the agreed upon meeting place and up came came a black Chevrolet Suburban. The door opened right in front of me and out stepped none other than our heroic National Championship winning Mr Greg McElroy. I was shocked and delighted. We made our way up the elevator and to my son’s hospital room. We entered his room and I announced to him that he had a visitor. He was absolutely delighted to see Greg. Myself, my son, Greg and a host of other visitors sat and talked about my sons experience with his injuries for a bit and then we talked Alabama Football for almost 2 hours. It was absolutely fantastic. Greg is such a great person, a gracious person and a caring person. I (we) appreciated what he did that day more than anyone could ever realize. I also appreciate what Coach Nick Saban and his personal assistant did to orchestrate this whole thing. We love Alabama, we love Coach Saban,, and not only Greg McElroy but every player that comes to Alabama and plays a part in making Alabama the dynasty that its become. Again Thank You Greg. My family will love you forever for being the caring person you are.

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