July 7, 1970 |
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 7 / Pick: 170|
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Michael Curtis McCrary (born July 7, 1970) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens for ten seasons in the NFL between 1993 and 2002. McCrary was a two time Pro Bowler in 1998 and 1999. McCrary was inducted to the Ravens' Ring of Honor in 2004. McCrary is now doing commentary for the Ravens on WBAL-AM.
When McCrary was a young boy his mother wanted to place him in a day care which was located across the street from his home. However, it wasn't racially integrated and she sued the day care to allow Michael's admittance. The case went to the United States Supreme Court Runyon v. McCrary in 1976. One of the justices who dissented was former football star Byron "Whizzer" White; a quarter-century later, in 2000, McCrary won the Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award.
McCrary played college football at Wake Forest University from 1989–92, setting school records for sacks in a season (16) and in a career (30), records he still holds.
When being scouted by NFL scouts they found his vertical leap was measured at 36 inches; and at 250 pounds, he came in at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard sprint.
McCrary was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1993 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons as a defensive end as well as playing on special teams before leaving the team to head to Baltimore following the 1996 season.
McCrary played the starting role with the Ravens at defensive end during the 1998 season playing along side left defensive end, Rob Burnett, veteran defensive tackles, Tony Siragusa, Keith Washington, and backup Tackle, Mike Frederick. In 1998, McCrary lead the team in quarterback sacks, and he finished second on the team in tackles. That same year he was elected to the pro bowl along with five other Ravens' teammates, Bennie Thompson, Peter Boulware, Jermaine Lewis, Ray Lewis, and Johnathan Odgen. McCrary was placed 2nd on franchise sack list, now 3rd behind Peter Boulware (73 QB sacks) and Terrell Suggs (53 QB sacks). Due to various injuries, McCrary retired following the 2002 season, ending his stint with the Ravens.
On August 21, 2003, McCrary announced his retirement.
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