Bryant McFadden

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Bryant McFadden
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McFadden during the Steelers 2007 Training Camp.
No. 20, 25
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 34)
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
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 295
Sacks: 4.0
Interceptions: 9
Player stats at NFL.com

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

McFadden has also been a member of 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 NFL cornerback, Walter McFadden.

McFadden currently serves as a studio analyst for the all-digital sports network, 120 Sports. He also hosts Huddlecast, the football podcast of his alma mater, Florida State University.[1]

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,[2] as a nickel back. He recorded his first career interception against Jacksonville in Week 5.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 the Steelers had just beaten in Super Bowl XLIII.[7] McFadden finished the season with 69 tackles.

Second stint with Steelers[edit]

McFadden, along with Arizona's sixth round draft pick was traded back to the Steelers during the 2010 NFL Draft, in exchange for the Steelers' second fifth round draft pick.[8]

He played two seasons with the Steelers, with 91 tackles in 29 games, and was released on February 8, 2012.

Broadcasting career[edit]

While still a player, for three seasons, McFadden hosted his own 30-minute weekly TV show on WPMY, “The Hometowne Sports B-Mac Corner.”[9] He also hosted a weekly radio show on Pittsburgh’s WEAE-FM in 2011-12.[10]

Following his playing career, McFadden joined the team at 120 Sports, an all-digital sports network based out of Chicago, where he now serves as a studio analyst.[11]

In addition to his work on 120 Sports, McFadden has worked as a game analyst for the 2015 Southern Heritage Classic on Fox Sports South,[12] and been a regular guest on radio shows across the country, including national broadcasts on ESPN Radio and Sirius/XM.

McFadden joins several of his Steelers’ teammates who have moved into broadcasting after their playing careers, including Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Hines Ward.[13]

Personal[edit]

His younger brother, Walter McFadden, played cornerback for Auburn University and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. McFadden’s cousin, Patrick Peterson, is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About THN – The Huddle Network". thehuddlenetwork.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  2. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Results and Analysis: Round 2 - National Football League - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Bryant McFadden: Game Logs at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  4. ^ maryrose (2010-09-08). "#2 - Steelers 21, Colts 18 (2005) - Top 12 Greatest Wins in Steelers' History (Non-Super Bowl)". Behind the Steel Curtain. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  5. ^ "ESPN.com - NFL - Super Bowl XL: Seahawks vs. Steelers". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Bryant McFadden". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Free agent McFadden signs with Cardinals". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Steelers trade 5th round pick for return of Bryant McFadden". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  9. ^ Herman, Brian. "Taylor works with McFadden". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  10. ^ Harris, John. "Steelers test new career paths". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  11. ^ 120sports.com. "Dashboard | 120Sports.com". 120Sports.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Tigers Return to Action Saturday, Take on Tennesse State". JSUTigers.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Bryant McFadden Just The Latest Former Steeler Entering The Media - Steelers Depot". Steelers Depot. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 

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