TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — AJ McCarron has helped Alabama reach several prime destinations, from New Orleans to Miami and Southern California.
Now the third-ranked Crimson Tide's quarterback, known for national titles and winning 12 times for every loss, gets to see New York for the first time — just the way he wanted.
"I'm a huge Yankees fan, and I said I would never go to New York unless I was invited for the Heisman or for draft day," McCarron said. "So one of those dreams came true. It's just a cool moment to be a part of."
The NFL draft remains months away, but McCarron is one of six Heisman Trophy finalists invited to Saturday night's ceremony.
McCarron will be joined by fellow quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Florida State, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois. Auburn tailback Tre Mason and Boston College tailback Andre Williams are also finalists.
McCarron is the one candidate largely judged by a career that stands as perhaps the best among Alabama quarterbacks, a group that includes Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Ken Stabler.
McCarron is 36-3 with two national titles as a starter and three during his five years on campus. He holds Alabama's career marks for passing touchdowns and yards and total offense.
"I don't think I need to state my own case," McCarron said. "I think if you look at my play over three years, I feel like no quarterback in the SEC or the country has played as consistent as I have. I think the numbers do the talking. When you look at my stats against Top 10-ranked teams, I don't think anybody's stats compare to mine. I just let my stats and play do the talking and sit by the side. I guess."
As a senior, McCarron has thrown for 2,676 yards with 26 touchdowns against five interceptions, while completing a career-best 67.6 percent of his passes. He won the Johnny Unitas Award as the nation's top senior quarterback.
McCarron and the Tide fell short of another title shot with a 34-28 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Chris Davis' 109-yard, last-play return of a missed field goal. He'll finish his career in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma instead of a return trip to Pasadena, Calif.
McCarron isn't fretting over the way the regular season ended.