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May 7, 1953 |
Villa Park, California, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Villa Park (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1975 / Round: 5 / Pick: 120|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
McInally has been tapped for enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016. McInally was a two-time football All Ivy League first team selection and help lead Harvard to a share of the 1974 Ivy League title. McInally is the first graduate of Harvard to play in either the NFL Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. He did both during the 1981 season.
McInally was a wide receiver and punter for the Harvard Crimson football squad, 1972–1974. As a junior in 1973, he was second in the nation in receiving, setting a Harvard record of 56 receptions in a single season.
McInally concluded his career as the 1974 New England Player of the Year, also known as the George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award winner, an annual award by the Gridiron Club of Boston. McInally held the Crimson single-game, single-season and career records for touchdowns and receptions at the end of his career. He was also the leader in career receiving yards.
McInally was also the starting punter.
As a senior, he completed his only collegiate pass, a 46-yard pass to Jim Curry, another all-time great Harvard receiver, off a lateral against Yale University. The completion set up the go-ahead touchdown in The Game for Harvard. Harvard, with the 21–16 win and a 6–1 record, shared the title with Yale.
Perfect Wonderlic score
McInally scored the only verified perfect score (among NFL players) on the Wonderlic Test, an intelligence test developed in the 1930s and given to prospective players by the NFL to judge their aptitude for adapting to certain situations.
According to McInally, "It really did seem like an easy test at the time. One of the reasons I did so well is because I didn't think it mattered. So I think I didn't feel any pressure at all. It was more of a lark, and that's when you do your best. If I took it 100 times I'd probably never do that again." McInally claims it hurt, rather than enhanced, his position in the draft because "coaches and front-office guys don't like extremes one way or the other, but particularly not on the high side. I think they think guys who are intelligent will challenge authority too much." He took the test again in 2007 when Wonderlic hired him to manage its marketing of the exam. When told he missed one correct answer, McInally quipped, "Missed one. Not a bad score after six concussions."
McInally was selected in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL Draft, but suffered a broken leg while scoring a touchdown in the College All-Star Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in early August, and missed the entire 1975 season.
He was the Bengals punter from 1976 to 1985, and also was a wide receiver during the first half of his career. He led the league in net yards per punt in 1977 (36.4) and in punting average in 1978 (43.1) and 1981 (45.4). His most productive years receiving were in 1977, when he caught 17 passes for 258 yards (a 15.2 average) and three touchdowns, and in 1980, when he caught 18 passes for 269 yards (a 14.9 average) and two touchdowns. He also completed three passes in four career attempts for 81 yards.
Life after football
McInally conceived the Starting Lineup series of action figures circa 1986, the final year of his career, and pitched the idea to Kenner, a leading producer of toys. Kenner agreed to develop it and the line became a top seller. Kenner was later sold to Hasbro. McInally himself was not included in the Starting Lineup line until a 10th-anniversary figure of him was released in 1997.
"SLUs," as collectors call the figures, were discontinued after the 2001 Major League Baseball season. The action figures generated $700 million in sales. McInally received royalties in retirement.
McInally founded Good Sports For Life, an organization that, according to McInally, "is dedicated to working with partners to improve youth sports by promoting meaningful participation, improved performance, personal growth, and creating positive experiences for the 37 million kids playing sports today." He writes regular columns on behalf of the organization that appear on NFL.com. For years he wrote a newspaper column nationally syndicated by King Features, "Pat Answers for Kids." The column, which first ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer, eventually appeared in newspapers nationwide including the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe.
McInally is also a children's book collector. In 2009, he was reported to have sold at auction for $115,000 a rare edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which had been given to the real Alice, Alice Liddell.
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