Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and former Alabama national champion Greg McElroy announced Friday through Twitter that he has decided to retire from football.

McElroy shared this statement through the social media service:


Drafted by the New York Jets in 2011, McElroy primarily contributed as a backup to Mark Sanchez but started one game in 2012. In that game versus Philadelphia, the Southlake, Texas native completed 12 of 17 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in a 28-10 loss. McElroy spent the past season on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad and the team recently signed him to a Reserves/Future Contract.

The 2010 Alabama team captain had a stellar career in Tuscaloosa, leading the Crimson Tide to its first national championship in 17 years with a 37-21 win over the Texas Longhorns. By the time his career had ended, McElroy had compiled a 24-3 record as a starter while being named MVP of the 2009 SEC Championship Game along with multiple Academic All-American honors.

McElroy didn't disclose what his future will hold, but he should have plenty of opportunities within the game of football if he chooses.