Greg McElroy has thought about this moment for years, ever since he was a young boy in Texas pretending he was Troy Aikman.
The New York Jets' third-string quarterback is getting his first NFL start Sunday, stepping in for the benched Mark Sanchez and leapfrogging backup Tim Tebow on the depth chart. Rex Ryan made the decision Tuesday to go with the team's seventh-round pick last year out of Alabama, and now McElroy gets a chance to show the Jets if he might be part of the franchise's future.
McElroy, who led the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona when he replaced Sanchez three weeks ago, took the first-team snaps at practice Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sanchez still believes he could be the Jets' starting quarterback again someday.
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