2012 will be remembered for epic comebacks.
2013? I'm rooting for something a little more modest.
Unless you root for the New York Jets or Alabama -- whom he led to a national championship -- you may not know who he is. But it's safe to say McElroy spent most of his young life preparing for Dec. 23, his first NFL start.
He hadn't started since the Capital One Bowl, New Year's Day, 2011. McElroy didn't go till the seventh round that year. Didn't throw a pass as a rookie.
Now, there's a chance -- a good one, in fact -- that Greg McElroy has made the last start of his career. I hope not.
Comebacks might've been the story of the season. But concussions were the story of the year. Twenty-four hundred lawsuits and counting. Bountygate. I mean, what was that really about?
The new protocols are a sign of great progress. But they're not perfect.
Now he's a backup.
"It sucks," he said. "The only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion."
Smith will get another shot. Somewhere.
Maybe one day, his kids will thank him. But that's a lot of Happy New Years from now.