Ray McDonald

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Ray McDonald
McDonald at a 2008 preseason game
No. 71  Chicago Bears
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-02) September 2, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Pahokee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
College: Florida
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 210
Quarterback sacks: 19.5
Forced fumbles: 5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Raymondo Antoine McDonald (born September 2, 1984) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). McDonald played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

McDonald was born in Pahokee, Florida, in 1984.[1] He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida,[2] and played high school football for the Glades Central Raiders.[3] As a junior in 2000, he was a starting defensive lineman for the Glades Central Raiders team that won the Florida Class 3A state championship, and was named Palm Beach County Player of the Year as a senior in 2001.[3]

College career[edit]

McDonald accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[3] where he played for coach Ron Zook and coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football teams from 2002 to 2006.[4] The Gators coaching staff decided to redshirt him as a true freshman in 2002, and he worked with the Gators scout team.[3] McDonald was a team captain of the 2006 Gators squad that finished 13–1 and defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 41–14 in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game to win the Gators' second national championship.[4] Following the 2006 season, he was recognized as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[4]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

The San Francisco 49ers selected McDonald in the third round (ninety-seventh pick overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft,[5] and he has played for the 49ers in the NFL seasons following, starting with 2007.[6] To date, McDonald has played in 71 games with 24 starts, and has an interception return and a recovered fumble return, both resulting in touchdowns. In 2011 he signed a 5-year 20 million dollar extension with 7 million dollars in guaranteed money.[1] McDonald registered a career-high 5.5 sacks and 39 tackles during the 2011 regular season. On November 16, 2012, McDonald was fined $21,000 for a head shot against the St. Louis Rams.[7]

On Dec 17 2014, news outlets reported that McDonald was being investigated for a possible sexual assault.[8] That same day, the 49ers released McDonald.[9]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 24, 2015, McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.[10]

Personal life[edit]

McDonald's father, Ray McDonald, Sr., was a four-year letterman for the Florida Gators from 1982 to 1985 and was a standout wide receiver on the 1985 Gators team that finished 9–1–1.[3][4]

On May 25, 2014 police arrived at McDonald's residence in response to a 911 call. A police report from that night states that an engaged couple "were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side. When the male subject informed the female subject that he was going to call 911, the female subject put the firearm away and fled without incident. The female subject did not make any threats or point the firearm at the male subject." [11]

Three months later on August 31, 2014, police were again called to McDonald's residence. According to an unnamed police source, McDonald's fiance showed authorities bruises on her arm and neck that she sustained in an alleged altercation with McDonald. The San Jose police department released a brief statement to the media shortly afterward saying that she did have visible injuries. [12] McDonald was then arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. To date, no formal charges have been filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney for either incident.[13]No charges will be filed.[14]

In December 2014, the San Francisco 49ers terminated McDonald just hours after he was named as a suspect in another sexual assault investigation.[15] San Jose Police Sexual Assaults and Investigation Unit searched McDonald's home, as part of the investigation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Ray McDonald. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.con, Players, Ray McDonald. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e GatorZone.com, Football History, 2006 Roster, Ray McDonald. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 89, 97, 98, 99, 125, 154, 183 (2011). Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2007 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  6. ^ National Football League, Current Players, Ray McDonald. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Fines roundup: Tim Dobbins of Texans fined for Jay Cutler hit". National Football League. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ "49ers' Ray McDonald investigated for possible sexual assault". Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  9. ^ "49ers release under-investigation DL McDonald". Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  10. ^ Bears land free agent Ray McDonald
  11. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-describe-earlier-visit-to-Ray-McDonald-s-5765470.php
  12. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-Victim-of-49ers-Ray-McDonald-had-5729108.php
  13. ^ http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/12/6701875/no-charges-today-on-ray-mcdonald.html
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11852824/ray-mcdonald-san-francisco-49ers-cleared-domestic-violence-case
  15. ^ Lindsay H. Jones (December 17, 2014). "49ers cut Ray McDonald amid sexual assault investigation". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 


  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.

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