Bryant McFadden

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Bryant McFadden
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Bryant McFadden during the Steelers 2007 Training Camp.
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Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth: Hollywood, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Hollywood (FL) McArthur
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 2005 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 295
Sacks 4.0
INTs 9
Stats at NFL.com

Bryant McFadden (born November 21, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

McFadden has also played for the Arizona Cardinals. He earned two Super Bowl rings during his time with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. He is the older brother of former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Walter McFadden.

Early years[edit]

Bryant McFadden attended McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida. He was ranked the top cornerback by most recruiting services. As a senior, he was a USA Today All-USA selection, a Parade All-America first team selection, and named to the Super Southern 100 team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, after posting two interceptions and 75 tackles. As a junior, he posted one interception and 75 tackles.

College career[edit]

McFadden played college football at Florida State University where he finished his career with 107 tackles. He played free safety at FSU, but he also sometimes doubled as a cornerback. He majored in computer graphics, with a minor in studio art.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Steelers[edit]

Bryant was drafted 62nd overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. As a rookie, his role was nickel back. He recorded his first career interception against Jacksonville in Week 5. Filling in at the starting position for the injured Deshea Townsend, McFadden intercepted a Byron Leftwich pass in the Steelers' end zone. The interception led to a game-tying Jeff Reed 29-yard field goal. The Steelers ended up losing, 23-17. Bryant is also well known among Steelers fans for his two big plays in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts. After Jerome Bettis's crucial fumble at the goal line, Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning threw to the end zone for wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Bryant tipped the ball away at the last second. On the next play, Manning again went deep for Wayne, and McFadden tipped it away again. Mike Vanderjagt then missed a game-tying field goal. He finished his debut season with 18 tackles, one interception and a victory at Super Bowl XL.

In the third game of the 2007 season against the San Francisco 49ers, he intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. He ended the campaign with 22 tackles and one interception.[1]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, McFadden signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team he had just beaten in the Super Bowl, on February 1.

Second stint with Steelers[edit]

McFadden, along with Arizona's sixth round draft pick (which the Steelers used to draft Antonio Brown), was traded back to the Steelers during the 2010 NFL Draft, in exchange for the Steelers' second fifth round draft pick that they received from the New York Jets in the Santonio Holmes trade.

He was released on February 8, 2012.

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