Jerome McDougle

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Jerome McDougle
No. 95
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-12-15) December 15, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Pompano Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Pompano Beach (FL) Ely
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2003 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 2008 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 37
Sacks 3.0
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Jerome McDougle (born December 15, 1978 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 15th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

McDougle has also played for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. He is the younger brother of NFL offensive lineman Stockar McDougle.

College career[edit]

McDougle was a standout defensive player at the University of Miami. Among his collegiate accomplishments, he helped lead the University of Miami to its 12-0 national championship season in 2001.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Following his college career, McDougle was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2003 NFL Draft with the 15th overall selection in the draft's first round. The Eagles traded up 15 spots to obtain McDougle, making him the first University of Miami player to be drafted by the Eagles since Jerome Brown, whose promising NFL career was cut short by a fatal 1992 car accident.

With the Eagles, McDougle was plagued by injuries in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In the final 2003 pre-season game, he sustained ankle, knee and hip injuries during a game against the New York Jets, forcing him to miss eight games of the 2003 season.

During the 2004 season, he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, forcing him to miss one game. Later in the 2004 season, he suffered a knee sprain in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the Eagles declared him inactive for the subsequent final four games of the 2004 season.

On July 28, 2005, just four days before McDougle was scheduled to arrive for the Eagles 2005 training camp in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was shot in the abdomen during a robbery in Miami, Florida. Following the shooting, McDougle was flown by helicopter to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery by Dr. David Shatz, a trauma surgeon at the University of Miami.

McDougle initially was expected to recover fully and play for the Eagles in the 2005 season. However, further complications from the shooting and surgery left him out for the entire 2005 season.

In July 2006, McDougle made his NFL return, joining the Eagles at their 2006 training camp practices. He performed well in pre-season outings, recording an impressive sack of former collegiate teammate Ken Dorsey in the Eagles' pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns. On August 15, however, Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that McDougle had sustained fractures to two ribs in pre-season training practices and would require approximately three weeks for recuperation. He was reactivated in September 2006.

McDougle's pass rushing and run defense capabilities were expected to be an important part of the 2006 Eagles defense, which featured high levels of substitutions of defensive linemen in situational-oriented defenses.

McDougle's actions on the field proved costly to the Eagles during a controversial Eagles 23-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 22, 2006. In the fourth quarter of a closely contested game played in 105-degree Tampa Bay heat, McDougle closed in on Buccaneer quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, dropping him for a nine-yard loss in a critical quarterback sack. As McDougle brought Gradkowski to the ground at Raymond James Stadium, however, he appeared to grab Gradkowski's face mask, resulting in a 15-yard intentional face-masking penalty against the Eagles. The 15-yard nature of the penalty was questionable, with replays showing that McDougle's grasp of Gradkowski's face mask appeared unintentional, which, if true, should have resulted in only a five-yard penalty.

Seeing that he had been penalized 15 yards, McDougle kicked the referee's flag in anger, resulting in an additional 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, for a total of 30 yards in penalties. The two penalties incurred by McDougle greatly enhanced the Buccaneers' field position, leading to a Buccaneers field goal, which proved the difference in the game's outcome, which ultimately was won by Tampa Bay on a 62-yard Buccaneers' field goal (the third longest in NFL history) as time expired.

In 2007, McDougle was again injured, tearing his triceps, this time in the Eagles' pre-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens; he did not return during the 2007 season.

On August 30, 2008, the Eagles released him during final cuts.

New York Giants[edit]

A day after being released from the Eagles, McDougle was signed by the New York Giants on August 31, 2008.[1] He became a free agent after the season, and was not signed by another team.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2003 PHI 8 9 5 4 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2004 PHI 11 13 13 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 PHI 14 13 11 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2008 NYG 4 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 37 37 30 7 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

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