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Best of Willie McGinest | Patriot Hall of Famer | Career Highlights
Best of Willie McGinest | Patriot Hall of Famer | Career Highlights
Published: 2015/08/08
Channel: Mike Vaz
Willie McGinest helps bring Super Bowl LI trophy to stage
Willie McGinest helps bring Super Bowl LI trophy to stage
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: NFL World
Tom Brady on Opening Up Training Facility, "A lot of athletes work hard at the wrong stuff" | NFLN
Tom Brady on Opening Up Training Facility, "A lot of athletes work hard at the wrong stuff" | NFLN
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: NFL Network
Willie McGinest talks Patriots, Jon Gruden and more | THE HERD (FULL INTERVIEW)
Willie McGinest talks Patriots, Jon Gruden and more | THE HERD (FULL INTERVIEW)
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Bill Belichick Steps into the Announcers Booth at the NFL Scouting Combine | NFL Network
Bill Belichick Steps into the Announcers Booth at the NFL Scouting Combine | NFL Network
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: NFL Network
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Talks Tom Brady
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Talks Tom Brady's Mindset & More in Studio - 1/30/17
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
USC seniors honored against UCLA and Willie McGinest suits up
USC seniors honored against UCLA and Willie McGinest suits up
Published: 2013/12/01
Channel: InsideTroy
Top 5 Patriots of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Patriots of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/06/09
Channel: NFL
Willie Mcginest -Remain Raw- Mix
Willie Mcginest -Remain Raw- Mix
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: xmuscularghandix
Bill Belichick, Willie McGinest Swap Stories Of Beating Colts
Bill Belichick, Willie McGinest Swap Stories Of Beating Colts
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: NESN
Willie McGinest breaks down Patriots consistent success
Willie McGinest breaks down Patriots consistent success
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: NFL World
PLAYOFF LEGENDS DREW BREES & WILLIE MCGINEST ARE BEASTS! BEST PERFORMANCE! MADDEN 17 ULTIMATE TEAM
PLAYOFF LEGENDS DREW BREES & WILLIE MCGINEST ARE BEASTS! BEST PERFORMANCE! MADDEN 17 ULTIMATE TEAM
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: KayKayEs
Film Study Patriots key defensive plays in Super Bowl LI | Feb 8, 2017
Film Study Patriots key defensive plays in Super Bowl LI | Feb 8, 2017
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: NFL World
Charles Barkley tells Willie McGinest that he can
Charles Barkley tells Willie McGinest that he can't tackle him in his prime.
Published: 2014/01/12
Channel: lyticvirus
Super Bowl LI - Willie McGinest curses on live tv
Super Bowl LI - Willie McGinest curses on live tv
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Regina Rose
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest on Tom Brady
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest on Tom Brady's Mindset & SB51 Prediction -
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Tour USC with former Trojans Willie McGinest & Su
Tour USC with former Trojans Willie McGinest & Su'a Cravens #FightOn | NFL
Published: 2016/04/25
Channel: NFL
Willie McGinest Comments on Criticism Surrounding Tom Brady - 5/12/15
Willie McGinest Comments on Criticism Surrounding Tom Brady - 5/12/15
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Super Bowl Film Study: How the Patriots Stopped the Falcons Offense | NFL Network
Super Bowl Film Study: How the Patriots Stopped the Falcons Offense | NFL Network
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: NFL Network
Football Drills for SPEED & AGILITY with Superbowl Champion Willie McGinest | Autumn Fitness
Football Drills for SPEED & AGILITY with Superbowl Champion Willie McGinest | Autumn Fitness
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Autumn Calabrese
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest on why Bill Belichick is a legendary coach - 9/14/16
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest on why Bill Belichick is a legendary coach - 9/14/16
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Rob Gronkowski vs.Willie McGinest Flick Football Challenge | NFL Total Access
Rob Gronkowski vs.Willie McGinest Flick Football Challenge | NFL Total Access
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: NFL Network
Willie McGinest Believes Robert Kraft Will Pay Out Aaron Hernandez Contract | TMZ Sports
Willie McGinest Believes Robert Kraft Will Pay Out Aaron Hernandez Contract | TMZ Sports
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: TMZSports
Willie McGinest Thinks Justin Bieber is a Great Neighbor | TMZ
Willie McGinest Thinks Justin Bieber is a Great Neighbor | TMZ
Published: 2013/07/07
Channel: TMZ
WILLIE MCGINEST LOVES MARSHAWN LYNCH TO RAIDERS MOVE | TMZ Sports
WILLIE MCGINEST LOVES MARSHAWN LYNCH TO RAIDERS MOVE | TMZ Sports
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: TMZSports
Willie McGinest opens Patriots locker room door and Patriots, Julian Edelman come out
Willie McGinest opens Patriots locker room door and Patriots, Julian Edelman come out
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: WEEIVideo
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest Talks Injuries in The NFL, TNF & More - 11/18/16
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest Talks Injuries in The NFL, TNF & More - 11/18/16
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Willie McGinest enters as 24th member of Patriots Hall of Fame
Willie McGinest enters as 24th member of Patriots Hall of Fame
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: Mike Petraglia
Willie McGinest on young Tom Brady
Willie McGinest on young Tom Brady
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: Boston Herald
Willie McGinest: Tom Brady Is A Better Person Than He Is A Football Player
Willie McGinest: Tom Brady Is A Better Person Than He Is A Football Player
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: NESN
Reggie Bush- USC Working on Rebuilding Relationship...Says Willie McGinest | TMZ Sports
Reggie Bush- USC Working on Rebuilding Relationship...Says Willie McGinest | TMZ Sports
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: TMZSports
Gottlieb: Willie McGinest on Super Bowl LI and Roethlisberger
Gottlieb: Willie McGinest on Super Bowl LI and Roethlisberger
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: CBS Sports
New england patriots superbowl willie McGinnis
New england patriots superbowl willie McGinnis
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: shoebox 1950
Madden 17 Ultimate Team :: We Got Legend Willie McGinest! 99 Overall!  :: Madden 17 Ultimate Team
Madden 17 Ultimate Team :: We Got Legend Willie McGinest! 99 Overall! :: Madden 17 Ultimate Team
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: MrGoldenMut
Willie McGinest On Patriots Hall Of Fame Induction
Willie McGinest On Patriots Hall Of Fame Induction
Published: 2015/08/05
Channel: NESN
Willie McGinest "kiss it mother fuckers"
Willie McGinest "kiss it mother fuckers"
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: daddy pig
Willie McGinest: Best Super Bowl Moment EVER - Kiss That Mother F*cker
Willie McGinest: Best Super Bowl Moment EVER - Kiss That Mother F*cker
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: TrueStory
CAN 96 OVR LEGEND WILLIE MCGINEST EARN A SPOT ON MY DEFENSE? - MADDEN NFL 17 ULTIMATE TEAM
CAN 96 OVR LEGEND WILLIE MCGINEST EARN A SPOT ON MY DEFENSE? - MADDEN NFL 17 ULTIMATE TEAM
Published: 2017/01/24
Channel: GamingPowerHouse
SUPERBOWL CHAMPION Willie McGinest—Tips To Stay In The Game! | Autumn Fitness
SUPERBOWL CHAMPION Willie McGinest—Tips To Stay In The Game! | Autumn Fitness
Published: 2014/05/01
Channel: Autumn Calabrese
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Compares Falcons To 00
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Compares Falcons To 00' Rams - 1/30/17
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Willie McGinest Joins Rich Eisen at Foxboro Stadium (Full Interview) 10/16/14
Willie McGinest Joins Rich Eisen at Foxboro Stadium (Full Interview) 10/16/14
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Willie McGinest Sets Postseason Sack Record  | This Day In NFL History (1/7/06) | NFL
Willie McGinest Sets Postseason Sack Record | This Day In NFL History (1/7/06) | NFL
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: NFL
McGinest Kaepernick is one of the best free agent options out there | May 9, 2017
McGinest Kaepernick is one of the best free agent options out there | May 9, 2017
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: NFL World
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Talks Cam Newton, Tom Brady & More - 2/1/16
3-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest Talks Cam Newton, Tom Brady & More - 2/1/16
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Willie McGinest Presents The Vince Lombardi Trophy To The New England Patriots
Willie McGinest Presents The Vince Lombardi Trophy To The New England Patriots
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Will DiTullio
Willie McGinest Drops Super Bowl F-Bombs On Live TV
Willie McGinest Drops Super Bowl F-Bombs On Live TV
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: David Zaldivar
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest Talks NFL Week 14 Matchups & More - 12/11/15
NFL Network Analyst Willie McGinest Talks NFL Week 14 Matchups & More - 12/11/15
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Tom Brady goes 1-on-1 with Willie McGinest | NFL Total Access
Tom Brady goes 1-on-1 with Willie McGinest | NFL Total Access
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: CStandBy Below
Willie McGinest: Tom Brady Is The Ultimate Competitor
Willie McGinest: Tom Brady Is The Ultimate Competitor
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: NESN
Super Bowl 51 - Willie McGinest F Bombs
Super Bowl 51 - Willie McGinest F Bombs
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: chase marshall
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Willie McGinest
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McGinest at the 2008 ESPN the Weekend event at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
No. 55
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-12-11) December 11, 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Long Beach (CA) Poly
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 582
Quarterback sacks: 86.0
Interceptions: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots fourth overall in the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at USC.

McGinest also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Early life and career[edit]

The second of four children, McGinest attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where he garnered all-state honors in football and basketball. In football, he earned All-American recognition from Super Prep, Blue Chip and Tom Lemming magazines and was selected to several all-star teams, earning all-city, all-state, and all-region honors as a linebacker in 1989. He totaled 107 tackles, including 18 sacks, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, including an interception, and blocked four kicks as a senior. In 2009, McGinest was elected to Poly's Football Hall of Fame. [2] On the court, he earned Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West," All-CIF Southern Section and all-league honors while averaging 14 points per game during the 1989-90 season.

College career[edit]

From 1990 to 1993, McGinest played football at the University of Southern California. He wore number 55. McGinest earned all-conference honors three straight years and All-American acclaim. During his senior year, he was a Lombardi Award finalist, and earned All-American and All-Pac-10 conference honors. He started every game at weakside defensive end for the Trojans. McGinest finished his collegiate career with 193 tackles (134 solos), 29 sacks (171 yards), 48 tackles for loss (238 yards), and 26 passes batted away. McGinest received a degree in public administration from USC in 1994.[1]

NFL career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

McGinest was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He was one of the cornerstones for New England's success in winning the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003, and 2004. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice, in 1996 and 2003. In Super Bowl XXXIX, McGinest was used in a different manner than his regular role. While he usually lined up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, the Patriots moved him to the defensive line as a defensive end in an effort to keep Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb from scrambling.[2]

In a 2005 wild card playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, McGinest eclipsed two NFL postseason records—most sacks in a game (4.5) and most career postseason sacks (16), surpassing Bruce Smith. His 78 career sacks rank third all time for the Patriots.

The Patriots released McGinest on March 9, 2006.[3]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On March 15, 2006, McGinest signed with the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with head coach Romeo Crennel, who was the Patriots' defensive coordinator during McGinest's stint in New England. McGinest signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with $6 million in guarantees and bonuses. McGinest stated in an interview prior to the 2008 season that he would be playing his final year of professional football before retiring in the offseason. In July 2009, McGinest stated that he would like to end his career with the Patriots. On August 5th, 2015, McGinest signed a 1 day contract with the patriots during his hall of fame induction ceremony. [4] </ref>[3]</ref>

NFL records[edit]

  • Most career postseason sacks (16)
  • Most sacks in a playoff game: 4.5 (2005)

Patriots franchise records[edit]

  • Most fumble return touchdowns (2) (tied with 5 others)[5]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR
1994 NE 16 43 29 14 4.5 2 2
1995 NE 16 86 69 17 11.0 4 0
1996 NE 16 67 49 18 9.5 2 2
1997 NE 11 35 25 10 2.0 0 3
1998 NE 9 29 20 9 3.5 1 0
1999 NE 16 74 48 26 9.0 1 2
2000 NE 14 63 45 18 6.0 1 2
2001 NE 11 33 25 8 6.0 1 0
2002 NE 16 62 42 20 5.5 0 0
2003 NE 14 67 46 21 5.5 2 2
2004 NE 16 51 36 15 9.5 2 1
2005 NE 16 56 45 11 6.0 0 1
2006 CLE 14 46 37 9 4.0 0 1
2007 CLE 13 30 19 11 3.0 0 1
2008 CLE 14 56 43 13 1.0 0 0
Career 212 798 578 220 86.0 16 17

[6]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries

NFL Network[edit]

Following retirement, McGinest joined the NFL Network as a football analyst, and appears on various programs, including NFL Total Access. Prior to joining the NFL Network, McGinest served similar roles at Fox Sports and ESPN.

Charity work[edit]

McGinest established the Willie McGinest Freedom School, a program which aims to provide social and cultural enrichment for neighborhood youth. On May 3, 2005, the city council of Long Beach declared that every year, May 3 will be recognized as Willie McGinest Day in recognition of his charitable efforts and civic involvement. During the 2004 holiday season, McGinest sponsored "Shop with a Jock," an event that gave 50 Boston-area children the opportunity to go on a $100 shopping spree with him and his teammates. He would go on to sponsor a similar event in the Cleveland area with Browns teammates.

Business and Entertainment Ventures[edit]

McGinest owns an entertainment company in Los Angeles called "55 Entertainment", and has had cameo appearances in television shows such as Arli$$ and The Game, and had a small role as a detective in the film I Tried, with rap group Bone Thugs N' Harmony.

He appeared in the Disney XD show Lab Rats as himself

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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