Charles McRae

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Charles McRae
No. 70
Position: Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-09-16) September 16, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Oscoda, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Clinton (TN)
College: Tennessee
NFL draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 84
Games started: 39
Stats at

Charles McRae (born September 16, 1968) is the current CEO at Columbus Radiology Corp and a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting 38 at right tackle and left guard before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders.

Early life[edit]

McRae was born at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda Township, Michigan, on September 16, 1968 and moved to Clinton, Tennessee at the age of seven where he was a two-year starter in football and basketball at Clinton Senior High School.


On September 4, 2003, Charles McRae was named one of the "Legends of the Game" with teammate Tony Thompson and was recognized before the UT - Marshall football game at Neyland Stadium.[1]

In 2008, McRae was inducted into the Anderson County, TN Hall of Fame.[2]

On October 28, 2011, Charles McRae was inducted into the Clinton High School "Wall of Fame."[3]

On August 4, 2015, Charles will join the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

College career[edit]

McRae played football at the University of Tennessee, first as a defensive lineman under coach Ken Donahue and the last two and a half years as offensive tackle under offensive coordinator and line coach, Phil Fulmer, earning All-SEC and Academic All-SEC honors. McRae studied physics, computer science and history, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in May 1991.

Professional career[edit]

McRae was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was the first offensive player selected. When his Volunteers teammate Antone Davis was selected with the eighth pick, it marked the first time in NFL Draft history that one school produced two top-10 selected offensive tackles in the same year.

Regarded as one of the bigger draft busts in Buccaneers history, McRae was never able to fulfill expectations in Tampa Bay. He had limited success after he was moved from tackle to guard. Charles signed with the Oakland Raiders in March 1996 as an unrestricted free agent where he spent one year as a reserve offensive tackle.

Business/Post Athletic Career[edit]

McRae returned to the University of Tennessee in 2000 and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in December 2002. During his MBA program he worked as a Labor Finance Analyst at CSX Transportation overlooking the analysis and modelling of labor trends.

Upon graduation, McRae was chosen to be the first Administrator for Vista Radiology, PC, in March 2003,[5] a position he held until October 2011. At Vista Radiology, PC, he managed the CFO, COO and IT Director along with 41 non-physician team members. During his tenure, he successfully developed the first strategic plan and ensured compliance and financial management encompassing budgeting, cost controls, and business development. He led corporation-wide functions of strategic development and operations with facilities and radiologists in Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Hawaii. McRae's efforts led to increased revenues and decreased expenses for Vista Radiology. He was successful in generating capital investments in IT infrastructures leading to the development of a nationwide wide area network, which helped in generating over $4M in revenues for the operations in Hawaii.

During the same time frame, McRae also served as the Chief Manager of Integrated Practices, LLC in Knoxville, TN. He developed and ensured compliance with company policies and objectives while maintaining open communication with stakeholders regarding the organization's performance. He led the transition at the organization from original vendor and overhaul of the software and hardware systems. He held this position until October 2011.

In November 2011, McRae joined Columbus Radiology Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Radiology Corporation is a leading sub-specialty radiology services provider in Central Ohio. As the CEO, he manages the Director of Finance, Billing, Operations Manager, VP of Clinical Operations, Director of Human Resources and Director of Information Technology. He has been successful in reorganizing processes within the organization to improve efficiency, cost control and prepare the organization for future expansion in the transient healthcare industry. He implemented methods and improved internal communications within the organization and helped identify $1M in additional revenues. He has leveraged his knowledge and experience to reduce company expenses in the various departments within the organization.

June 2013, Charles McRae was elected to the board of directors of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and appointed to serve as Chair of the RBMA's Radiology Integration Models Task Force.[6]

Throughout his business career, McRae has had progressive leadership experience directing management, finance, and operations within large medical practices and start-up organizations. He has demonstrated success in project management, operating program development, resource allocation, supply chain management, performance measurement, stakeholder relations, and clinical/ non-clinical cost management.


In addition to working and playing with his six children, McRae is a licensed pilot, PADI scuba certified, boater, and outdoorsman.

He is married to Lori Beth Baxter since June 27, 2008, and they currently split time between Knoxville, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio.


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