Antonio Garay

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Antonio Garay
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Antonio Garay signing autographs at New York Jets Mini Camp in Florham Park, NJ, on June 11, 2013.
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: Rahway, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Debuted in 2003 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 2012 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles 138
Sacks 9.0
Forced Fumbles 0
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Garay Jr. (born November 30, 1979) is a former American football nose tackle. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football and wrestled at Boston College. He was a Wrestling All American placing 4th at the NCAA Championships his sophomore year at Boston College.

Garay has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, and New York Jets.

He is notable for his outrageous hairstyles and for driving a Hello Kitty-themed smart car.[1]

Early years[edit]

Garay is Jewish.[2][3][4] Garay's mother is Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Jamaican, Costa Rican, and Puerto Rican descent.[3] He was exposed to both parents' faiths.[5][6] He attended Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey, and was a standout offensive and defensive lineman. He was also the NJSIAA 275 lb (125 kg). state and national wrestling champion in 1998.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Garay spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears and was a member of the 2006 NFC Championship team. In a December 2007 game against the Washington Redskins, Garay was injured by an illegal block. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2007 season. On March 8, 2008, the Chicago Bears announced that they would part ways with the defensive tackle, and he became an unrestricted free agent on February 29, 2008.

New York Jets[edit]

On October 20, 2009, the New York Jets announced that they had signed Garay to their practice squad.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Garay was signed off of the New York Jets' practice squad on December 9, 2009, by the San Diego Chargers. He was re-signed to a two-year deal on March 6, 2010. Garay was able to earn the starting job at nose tackle for the bulk of the 2010 season, and he finished 2010 with 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks, leading all San Diego defensive linemen in both categories.

Second stint with the Jets[edit]

Garay was signed by the New York Jets on March 15, 2013.[7] He was released on August 31, 2013.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/antonio-garay-the-nose-tackle-who-drives-a-hello-kitty-smart-car?urn=nfl,wp8318
  2. ^ "2011 NFL Football Preview". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 6–7. September/October 2011, accessed September 15, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  3. ^ a b http://www.chargers.com/team/roster/Antonio-Garay/GAR023506
  4. ^ Jewish Sports Review, September/October 2010, Vol. 7, Issue 81
  5. ^ http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2010/03/29/antonio-garay/
  6. ^ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/29/garays-comeback-wasnt-kids-play/
  7. ^ Orr, Conor (March 15, 2013). "Jets sign former Chargers nose tackle Antonio Garay". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lange, Randy (31 August 2013). "Jets Move 22, Get Down to 53-Man Active Roster". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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