Bobby McCray

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Bobby McCray
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-08-08) August 8, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
Debuted in 2004 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Last played in 2010 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Games played 94
Games started 37
Tackles 134
Quarterback sacks 29.5
Forced fumbles 9
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Bobby L. McCray, Jr. (born August 8, 1981) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and also played for the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

McCray was born in Miami, Florida in 1981.[1] He attended Homestead High School in Homestead, Florida,[2] and he played for the Homestead Broncos high school football team.[3] As a senior, McCray was named to Prep Star's All-America team despite missing half of the season with an injury.[3] He had thirty-two tackles with seven quarterback sacks.[3]

College career[edit]

McCray accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 2000 to 2003.[4] As a true freshman in 1999, he was redshirted by the Gators coaching staff.[3] During the Gators' 2000, he played in three games.[3] As a redshirt sophomore in 2001, he saw action in eight of eleven regular season games with two starts, and registered twelve tackles and seven "big plays" (2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles).[3]

During his 2002 season, McCray played in all thirteen games, starting in five, and was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection by The Sporting News.[3] He recorded forty-five tackles (twenty solo), and 22.3 "big plays" (2.3 sacks, four tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a block).[3] As a senior in 2003, he earned second-team All-SEC honors.[3] He played in twelve games, started in eight and finished with fifty tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.[3]

In his four-season college career, McCray appeared in thirty-six games for the Gators, including fifteen starts and thirteen in the final two years.[3] He recorded 107 tackles with 14.5 sacks, 20.5 stops for losses, thirty-one quarterback pressures, two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected McCray in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft,[5] and he played for the Jaguars for four seasons from 2004 to 2007.[6] As a rookie, he played in all sixteen of the Jaguars' regular season games, made seven starts and recorded 25 tackles (18 solo) and 3.5 sacks. In 2005 he played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season with one start and collected 23 tackles (20 solo) along with 5.5 sacks. In 2006 he started 12 games and totaled 49 tackles (42 solo), 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. In 2007 McCray saw action in 14 games along the Jacksonville defensive line, making nine starts, and recorded 24 tackles, three sacks, batted down three passes and forced a fumble. He also started both postseason games and notched four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, McCray had a sack and forced a fumble on Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that won the Jaguars the 2007 AFC Wild Card game.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 2, 2008, McCray signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. The contract included $5 million in guaranteed money. In 2008 he played in 16 games, made eight starts and had six sacks.

In 2009, McCray played in 16 games as a reserve, but he started in all three of the Saints' post-season games leading to the team's win in Super Bowl XLIV. In the first playoff game, against Arizona, after Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw an interception, McCray made a hard, but legal, block that briefly put Warner out of the game; McCray's teammate Darren Sharper described McCray's play as "game-changing".[7] The following week, McCray was fined $20,000 for illegal hits on Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre in the 2010 NFC Championship game.

McCray was released on June 21, 2010.[8] He was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Saints on July 22, 2010.[9] He was waived on September 3, 2010.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

McCray was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on December 30, 2010.[10]

Personal life[edit]

McCray married actress Khadijah Haqq on July 17, 2010. Their son, Christian, was born in late November 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Bobby McCray. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Bobby McCray. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l GatorZone.com, Football History, 2003 Roster, Bobby McCray. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  4. ^ 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 97 & 183 (2011). Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2004 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  6. ^ National Football League, Current Players, Bobby McCray. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ James Varney, "Bobby McCray's block on Kurt Warner 'game-changing' for New Orleans Saints," Times-Picayune (January 16, 2010). Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Saints release DE McCray," ESPN.com (June 21, 2010). Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Gregg Rosenthal, "Saints re-sign Bobby McCray," NBC Sports (July 20, 2010). Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Injury-depleted Eagles sign D-linemen McCray, Clark," NFL.com (December 30, 2010). Retrieved May 6, 2011.

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