Joe McGrath (Canadian football)

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Joe McGrath
No. --     Calgary Stampeders
Date of birth (1980-11-27) November 27, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Career information
Status Inactive
CFL status National
Position(s) OT
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 290 lb (130 kg)
College Miami
High school Vanier
CFL draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Drafted by Calgary Stampeders
Career history
As player
20042008 Edmonton Eskimos
2009 Saskatchewan Roughriders*
20092010 Edmonton Eskimos
2010 BC Lions
2011–present Calgary Stampeders*
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only
Career highlights and awards
Honours Eskimos' Most Outstanding Lineman (2006, 2007)

Joe McGrath (born November 27, 1980 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is a professional Canadian football offensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Stampeders in the first round of the 2003 CFL Draft. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.

Early years[edit]

McGrath was coached by his father at Vanier Collegiate Institute in Moose Jaw and was considered an all-star in both football and basketball and the number two Canadian high school lineman at graduation.[1]

McGrath played college football from 1999 through 2003 for the Miami Hurricanes, three years as a regular at left guard. He won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 2001.[1]

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Eskimos[edit]

McGrath was drafted second overall in the 2003 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders but was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent on July 7, 2004. He appeared in 15 games at left tackle in the 2004 CFL season, all 18 regular season games plus the playoffs and the victory in the 93rd Grey Cup in 2005 CFL season, and started all 18 regular season games in the 2006 CFL season. He was nominated by the Eskimos for the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 2006.[1]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On February 16, 2009, McGrath became a free agent and was reportedly signed the same day by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[2]

Second stint with Eskimos[edit]

McGrath requested a trade back to Edmonton and his request was granted on June 11, 2009.[3] He was released on August 11, 2010.

BC Lions[edit]

On August 19, 2010, the BC Lions added the recently released McGrath to the offensive line.[4] He was released during the following off-season on May 24, 2011.[5]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On October 18, 2011, McGrath was signed to the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Joe McGrath". Player Roster. Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. Retrieved 2009-02-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Flurry of moves mark beginning of CFL's free-agency period". The Canadian Press. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Roughriders grant McGrath's request for trade back to Esks". The Canadian Press. June 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
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  5. ^ Lions add McCullough, Graham, release three
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