No. 22 Arizona Cardinals
|Cornerback / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:September 29, 1987|
|Place of birth: Lawton, Oklahoma|
|High school: Putnam City (Warr Acres, Oklahoma)|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Bryan McCann (born September 29, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Southern Methodist.
McCann was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. After playing for Putnam City High School. McCann turned down offers to play for Stanford, Northwestern, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, UAB, and Rice, choosing to play for Southern Methodist University instead.
McCann was an All-Freshman Conference USA pick after having 38 tackles and four pass breakups. He appeared in 11 games in 2006, starting three of the last four. He was the co-winner of the James Bradley "New Mustang" award for consistent play, along with Emmanuel Sanders and Justin Willis. As a sophomore he started all 12 games in 2007, and recorded 59 tackles, seven pass breakups, and four interceptions while playing at both corner and safety. He recorded nine tackles in the season opener. McCann started 11 games in 2008. He had 35 tackles and three interceptions on the year, while returning punts as well. As a senior he had three interceptions in 2009.
Dallas Cowboys (First stint)
Baltimore Ravens (First stint)
Dallas Cowboys (Second stint)
In his second NFL game, He recorded his first career interception on November 14, 2010 against the New York Giants, picking off Eli Manning after Hakeem Nicks stopped short on an intended slant route. The interception was returned for a 101-yard touchdown. It broke the Cowboys record of 100-yards once held by Mike Gaechter. McCann’s 101-yard return tied Amos Marsh (101-yard kickoff return) and Ike Thomas (101-yard kickoff return) for the second-longest play in Cowboys history. The longest play belongs to Alexander Wright (102-yard kickoff return). He also became the second rookie in the Super Bowl era to score on a 100-plus yard interception return, the other one was Louis Delmas. For his efforts he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
The next game against the Detroit Lions on November 21, he grabbed a batted-down punt and returned it for a 97-yard touchdown, which was the second longest punt return in franchise history; only Dennis Morgan’s 98-yard return in 1974 was longer. With this touchdown McCann became the first Rookie in NFL history to score a touchdown of 97+ yards in consecutive weeks. For his efforts his was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. He was also the first player in franchise history to win Player of the Week honors in two different categories in the same season, and the first since Troy Aikman, in 1993, to win it in consecutive weeks.
Baltimore Ravens (Second stint)
- "Bryan McCann". NFL. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "17 Undrafted Rookies Agree To Terms". Dallascowboys.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
- "Arizona Cardinals Re-sign Defensive Back Bryan McCann".
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