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Anthony McFarland
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McFarland in 2018
No. 92
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1977-12-18) December 18, 1977 (age 40)
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Winnsboro (LA)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 188
Sacks: 22.5
Forced fumbles: 3
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Anthony Darelle "Booger" McFarland (born December 18, 1977) is a sports broadcaster and former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Louisiana State University and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft.[1] McFarland also played for the Indianapolis Colts, and won two Super Bowl rings in his career: one with the Buccaneers (Super Bowl XXXVII) and another with the Colts (Super Bowl XLI). He is an analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN, alongside Jason Witten.

Early years and nickname[edit]

McFarland received his distinctive nickname during his childhood. He was a self described "bad kid" since he was two years old. His bad behavior prompted his mother to call him "booger," for which he was teased by his sister. When his friends heard his sister calling him "booger," they started teasing him with this nickname as well. The culmination of McFarland being a "bad kid" happened when he set fire to his family's trash pile while his mother was away, nearly burning down the house. His mother was furious when she found out. Despite McFarland's bad behavior waning after age 12-13 his nickname stuck, and followed him to LSU, the NFL, and now to his broadcasting career.[2]

College career[edit]

McFarland played for the LSU Tigers football team from 1995 to 1998.[3] His freshman year, he started every game at defensive tackle, finishing the season with 73 tackles (including 12 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback sacks) and quickly became a crowd favorite for pulling double-duty at the fullback position for short-yardage plays. He also recorded a tackle in LSU's victory over Michigan state at the 1995 Independence Bowl.[4] For the rest of his collegiate career his sophomore year onward, he focused on defensive tackle, and helped bring the Tigers to two further Bowl wins in the 1996 Peach Bowl and the 1997 Independence Bowl, also earning 1996 Peach Bowl SEC Defensive MVP honors. Despite a spectacular collapse by the Tigers in the 1998 season, McFarland was named defensive co-captain his senior year, earned first-team All-SEC and All-America honors, and played in the 1999 Senior Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 12 in
(1.84 m)
299 lb
(136 kg)
33.38 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.85 s 7.98 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
9 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

McFarland co-hosted a radio show with Marc Ryan that broadcast throughout the Tampa Bay area on CBS radio station 98.7 The Fan but was canceled when the station dropped its sports format in December 2014.[6] He joined the SEC Network in 2014 as a football analyst. McFarland was also a part-time guest analyst on ESPN's Mike & Mike morning program. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity while at LSU. McFarland is currently an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football telecasts, after arriving with Jason Witten in 2018.

Personal life[edit]

McFarland is married to Tammy, whose cousin is the wife of former LSU teammate Anthony Skinner. They have two children.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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