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McDonough attended Boston English High School (English High School of Boston), where he starred in baseball as a pitcher and in football as a quarterback. After graduating from Northeastern University, he started at the Boston Globe as a copy boy in 1955 and was promoted to sportswriter in 1960, working for many years with other legendary Globe sportswriters such as Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan and Leigh Montville.
His appearances included stints as part of NBC's NFL Live pregame show from 1991-1993.
For one season, he serverd as an analyst for New England Patriots preseason games.
One of his sons, Sean McDonough, is a sportscaster for ESPN. His son, Terry McDonough, was director of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League. Another son, Ryan McDonough, is General Manager of the Phoenix Suns.
Notes and references
- AFL Hall of Fame
- McDonough's citation on the American Football League Hall of Fame Website
- Boston Globe Obituary