Pat McInally

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Pat McInally
No. 87
Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1953-05-07) May 7, 1953 (age 70)
Villa Park, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Villa Park (California)
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 5 / Pick: 120
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:808
Punting yards:29,307
Player stats at · PFR

John Patrick McInally (born May 7, 1953) is an American former football player who was a punter and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).

McInally was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.[1] McInally was a two-time football All Ivy League first team selection and helped 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.[2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Villa Park in Orange County, California, McInally graduated from Villa Park High School in 1971.

College career[edit]

McInally was a wide receiver and punter for the Harvard Crimson football squad from 1972 to 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.[3] 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.

McInally, a cum laude graduate, was named a NFF National Scholar - Athlete and a first team All-American as a senior in 1974.[4]

As a senior in 1974, he completed his only collegiate pass, a 46-yard pass to Jim Curry, another all-time great Harvard receiver, off a lateral against rival Yale University. The completion set up the go-ahead touchdown in The Game for Harvard.[5] Harvard, with the 21–16 win and a 6–1 record, shared the title with Yale.

Professional career[edit]

Perfect Wonderlic score[edit]

McInally scored the only verified perfect score among NFL players on the Wonderlic Test,[6] an intelligence test developed in the 1930s and given to prospective players by the NFL to judge their aptitude for adapting to certain situations.[7][8][9]

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."[10] 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."[6][11] 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."[11]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

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,[12] and missed the entire 1975 season.[13]

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.[14] He also completed three passes in four career attempts for 81 yards.[14]

Life after football[edit]

McInally married Leslie Bevis (not the actor) in 1984. They have two children[15] and reside in Huntington Beach, California.[16]

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.[17]

"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[18] 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.[4]

In 2006, the Wonderlic Company named McInally its director of marketing and testing to help student athletes prepare for the SAT.[19]

McInally coached high school football at Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach, California, and from 2014-2016 his teams posted the highest winning percentage in Orange County, California. [20]

McInally founded the College Sports Connections Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping student-athletes from economically challenged families. The foundation assisted these scholar-athletes with test preparation (ACT/SAT), mentorship, and consulting in the college search process.

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.[21]


  1. ^ Pat McInally '75: Harvard's Newest College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, THE GAME Program, Nov. 19, 2016, Harvard Football News, Harvard University, by line John Powers
  2. ^ Harvard Athletics Communications, Jan 08, 2016
  3. ^ "Gridiron Club of Greater Boston | HOME".
  4. ^ a b "McInally's life off the field has eclipsed playing career - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  5. ^ The Game program, November 19, 2016, pg. 40, by line John Powers
  6. ^ a b McClellan, Bob (2006-06-15). "McInally continues to perfect the Wonderlic". Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Merron, Jeff. 2007. Taking Your Wonderlics. Retrieved from
  8. ^ 2012. History. Retrieved from
  9. ^ Pollick, Michael. "What is the Wonderlic Personnel Test". Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  10. ^ "Ivy League Sports". Archived from the original on August 31, 2006. Retrieved October 17, 2006.
  11. ^ a b Lopresti, Mike (2011-09-26). "Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick gets passing grades for 3-0 Bills". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Hoffman, Dale (August 2, 1975). "Gilliam turns Star dreams into dust". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  13. ^ " College Football - McInally continues to perfect the Wonderlic". Archived from the original on 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  14. ^ a b "Pat McInally Stats".
  15. ^ "For Harvard man Pat McInally of the Bengals, the big - 12.03.84 - SI Vault". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03.
  16. ^ Profile,; accessed December 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Starr, Cindy (1997-05-22). "It's a kick for McInally to break into the Lineup". The Kentucky Post. Archived from the original on 2007-03-29.
  18. ^ Good Sports For Life website Archived 2006-06-17 at the Wayback Machine; accessed December 23, 2014.
  19. ^ McInally continues to perfect the Wonderlic Archived 2013-10-24 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed December 23, 2014.
  20. ^ "College Sports Connections".
  21. ^ "Real Alice book sold for $115,000". BBC News. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2010-05-21.

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