Bryant McKinnie

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Bryant McKinnie
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McKinnie with the Vikings in 2009
No. 74, 70, 78
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1979-09-23) September 23, 1979 (age 38)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 355 lb (161 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodbury (NJ)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 179
Games started: 162
Fumbles recovered: 5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Bryant Douglas McKinnie (born September 23, 1979) is a former American football offensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Miami, where he was twice recognized as an All-American. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and he has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).

Early years[edit]

McKinnie was born in Woodbury, New Jersey.[1] He attended Woodbury High School in Woodbury, New Jersey, and played high school football for the Woodbury Thundering Herd.

College career[edit]

McKinnie played college football for two years at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There, he gained 70 pounds and switched from his high school position as defensive lineman to offensive tackle. After junior college, he received a scholarship to transfer to the University of Miami and play for the Miami Hurricanes football team.

After redshirting in 1999, McKinnie started his junior and senior years at left tackle for the Hurricanes. During his college career, he was an extraordinary blocking tackle, not allowing a sack on a quarterback against opposition such as future NFL star Dwight Freeney from Syracuse. McKinnie was, however, penalized for holding Freeney on one play, a rare blemish on his memorable season. McKinnie received first-team All-American honors in 2000, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2001.[2] Also in 2001, McKinnie was the winner of the Outland Trophy, finished 8th overall in voting for the Heisman Trophy, was the CNN Sports Illustrated "Player of the Year" and a key part of the Hurricanes' 2001 National Championship. At Miami, he was roommates with future NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey.

In the September 2006 issue of FHM magazine, McKinnie was one of five University of Miami alumni prominently featured in an article titled: "University of Miami Hit Squad: The Hurricanes are Taking Over the NFL. Deal with it." In the article, McKinnie said: "If you put together a team made up of guys playing in the NFL who come from the University of Miami, we'd be playing in the Super Bowl this season. And I think we'd win."

Bryant was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings (2002–2010)[edit]

McKinnie was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft. McKinnie started every game for Minnesota from 2003 to 2007, and had a streak of 80 consecutive games started.

After a 2009 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, it was reported by Tony Boselli on the Dan Patrick show that McKinnie accidentally tipped off the Vikings offensive game plan to the Cardinals. He said that the Cardinals knew when the Vikings were going to pass because of his leg. "He would have one of his legs back a little bit further" when getting in stance before the play.[3] In 2010, McKinnie allowed a sack that injured Brett Favre and stopped his consecutive regular season start streak at 297 games.[4]

McKinnie (74) with the Vikings.

McKinnie was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl following the 2009 season, but didn't play in the game due to injuries in his feet and left ankle, as well as an illness he was enduring at the time. Because he was not quickly up-front with the league about these issues, the NFL front office forced him to forfeit his $22,500 check and re-pay $4,285 for other expenses.[5][6]

In the summer of 2011, McKinnie was placed on the Vikings' non-football injury list for reportedly showing up to camp out of shape, according to The Star Tribune.[7] He had finished the prior season at 360 pounds and claimed he was going to hire a trainer in the offseason to help him lose some weight.[8] He had also been taking tennis lessons from Venus Williams during that time and claimed that the lessons were long and tired him out.[9][10] He was eventually released on August 2, 2011.

Baltimore Ravens (2011–2013)[edit]

After former University of Miami teammate Ed Reed vouched for him as a strong player, McKinnie signed with the Baltimore Ravens on August 24, 2011.[11]

McKinnie saw limited playing time during the 2012 regular season, but he would go on to start at left tackle every play during the Ravens' 2012–13 NFL Playoffs run that culminated with a 34–31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[12]

McKinnie tested free agency for a little over a month following the 2012 season, but the Ravens ultimately signed him on May 2, 2013 to a two-year deal valued at up to $7 million.

On October 21, 2013, The Ravens traded McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late-round draft pick for the 2015 NFL draft.

Miami Dolphins (2013)[edit]

McKinnie was signed to take over immediately at left tackle for the Dolphins, who had problems with pass protection all season at the tackle positions.[13] In his first game on October 27 against the New England Patriots, he was noted to play very sluggishly, as he had in his final games with the Baltimore Ravens. McKinnie ended the year as one of the worst offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus.

Controversies[edit]

Boat cruise scandal[edit]

In October 2005, McKinnie was charged with a misdemeanor for his involvement in the Minnesota Vikings boat party scandal.[14]

On May 26, 2006, McKinnie pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance on a watercraft in connection with the Love Boat scandal. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, in addition to community service, he would participate in numerous service events this season. On September 9, 2006, the NFL announced that it would fine McKinnie and fellow Viking Fred Smoot one game check for the incident. For McKinnie, it amounted to approximately $41,000. A day after the fine was levied, he was given a raise and a seven-year extension of his contract worth $48 million.

2008 night club incident[edit]

In February 2008 McKinnie was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence after a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub. Miami police said McKinnie spit in the face of a bouncer when he was removed from the club, then, after heading across the street to another establishment, returned to Club Space and argued with the bouncer, Eric Otero. McKinnie then allegedly shoved his phone in Otero's face before picking up a heavy pole and hitting him.[15] A judge ordered McKinnie to complete 25 hours of community service and anger management classes.[16] He also served a four-game suspension during the 2008 NFL season following the incident.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Since his football playing days, McKinnie continues with varied philanthropy, has involved himself in music heading an independent record label which produced Grammy Nominated artist, is a strong proponent of fitness and healthy lifestyle, event host, does speaking engagements and other public appearances, and is embarking on work in television including sports and a role on VH1's "Love and Hip Hop Miami".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryant McKinnie player profile, Fox Sports, accessed April 21, 2007.
  2. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Did McKinnie accidentally help Cardinals?". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Pelissero: In the end, good enough didn't cut it for McKinnie". Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. 
  5. ^ "McKinnie tossed for missing practice". 
  6. ^ Benoit, Andy (February 22, 2010). "Bryant McKinnie Had No Business Being in Pro Bowl". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "McKinnie jettisoned by Vikings". 
  8. ^ "BBAO: Bryant McKinnie was nearly 400 lbs". 
  9. ^ "Bryant McKinnie turning to Venus Williams for help slimming down". USA Today. April 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Venus giving lessons to NFL's Bryant McKinnie". 
  11. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 23, 2011). "Ravens Have Deal With McKinnie, Pending Physical". baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  12. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  13. ^ "Seeking help for leaky O-line, Miami Dolphins obtain tackle Bryant McKinnie from Baltimore Ravens". 
  14. ^ Baenen, Jeff. "Culpepper, three other Vikings charged in boat-party scandal". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2005-12-15. 
  15. ^ "McKinnie pleads not guilty". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. 
  16. ^ "Bryant McKinnie avoids a trial". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. 
  17. ^ http://m.startribune.com/mckinnie-catches-up-after-his-suspension/33948714/?section=featuredColumns

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