AJ McCarron, a fifth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals after a stellar career at Alabama that included three BCS national titles, found himself in the middle of a media firestorm about the draft, some of his own creation because of his response to critics. It has briefly dented his carefully crafted public image.
It started with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reporting that several general managers said that there were “personality issues” with McCarron in his individual team interviews.
McCarron then responded on Saturday in an interview on SiriuxXM NFL Radio: “A lot of people don’t realize I wasn’t healthy at Alabama,” McCarron said. “I sacrificed a lot to play for coach (Nick) Saban and that university. I played through a lot of injuries, and we never leaked it because that’s just the way it is.”
His coach, Nick Saban, didn’t object but some thought he was being critical of Saint Nick and that it was sour grapes because he was the