|Date of birth:||November 8, 1969|
|Place of birth:||Kingston, Jamaica|
|NFL Draft:||1992 / Round: 4 / Pick: 88|
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Ricardo McDonald (born November 8, 1969) is a former linebacker in the National Football League that played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, and the Denver Broncos. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh.
He played for Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey under Coach Barrett 'Barry' Rosser. Joe Louis Clark was the school's Principal during his attendance there, as depicted in the film Lean on Me.
McDonald has said he suffered at least 20 concussions, and played one game the same week his physician said his brain was 60 percent swollen and he suffered another concussion on top of that. After an MRI, McDonald was told his brain was like that of an 80-year-old. He also suffers from memory loss and headaches. Ricardo mcdonald's cousin Lennox Gordon also played for the colts and bills. McDonald's younger brother Maurice Mcdonald was murdered when he was when Ricardo was 21 just inside of Philadelphia. 
- Idec, Keith. "Where are they now? Eastside's Ricardo McDonald", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2011. Accessed May 5, 2012. "While many of them suffer from debilitating physical ailments, financial difficulties and marital problems that often lead to divorce in their post-NFL lives, McDonald is in good physical condition, is a happily married father of four and is part-owner of a thriving truck stop 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where the ex-Eastside star was a collegiate standout for the Panthers.... He and his twin brother, former Kennedy star and NFL linebacker Devon McDonald, were among the best high school football players in North Jersey during the 1980s. They also experienced personal tragedy that made them want to provide positive examples to Paterson’s youth."
- "Retired NFL Players and Dementia: Brain Trauma Hits Hard After Football Career". December 4, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "John Mackey and other retired NFL players experience living hell". July 7, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
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