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Josh McNary
McNary in the 2016 NFL season.
Born April 10, 1988(1988-04-10) (age 33)
Houston, Texas

Joshua Aaron McNary[1] (born April 10, 1988) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. McNary played college football at the United States Military Academy, and signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

High school career[edit | edit source]

McNary played football at Clear Lake High School in Houston. Going into his senior season the Falcons were short of defensive lineman and McNary was a backup strong safety. With the defensive line coach, Michael Boone, looking for athletic players to fill the positions that were open, he asked to work with McNary and converted him to nose guard. McNary was an all-district selection for the nose guard position. Even though he led the team in sacks, he was not offered any scholarships because he only played defensive line for one season and lacked the ideal size for the college level.[2]

College career[edit | edit source]

McNary finished his career as Army's all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons, and also held school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).

As a senior in 2010, McNary capped off his career by returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16–14 victory over SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The win gave Army its first winning season since 1996 and first postseason victory since the 1985 Peach Bowl. McNary was one of five finalists for the 2010 Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the most-outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on. He was also on the preseason watch lists for the 2010 Lombardi and Nagurski awards, and was a semifinalist for the 2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is presented to the nation's top defensive player.

Following his senior year, McNary was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship, and service. To Conclude his tenure at West Point Mcnary Graduated being one of the best Linebackers to ever play at the Academy.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

McNary served two years of active military service and on April 10, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts signed him to a free-agent contract. McNary was placed on the Reserve/Military List but on July 30, 2013 was moved to the active roster and joined the team in training camp.[3] McNary did not survive 53-man roster cuts to start the season, but immediately returned to the team, being signed to Indianapolis' practice squad. That is where McNary would stay for 12 weeks. During the beginning of the week before the Colts' Week 13 matchup with division rival Tennessee, McNary was elevated for the first time to the Colts' active 53-man roster.[4]

On September 6, 2015, McNary was signed to the Colts' practice squad.[5] He appeared in 13 games for the Colts in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve on December 29.[6]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

On March 16, 2017, McNary signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[7] He was released on September 2, 2017.[8]

Criminal accusations[edit | edit source]

On January 14, 2015, McNary was charged with one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery, according to court documents filed by the Marion county prosecutor. The alleged incident happened on or around December 1, 2014, after McNary met the accuser at a bar in downtown Indianapolis. The accuser took McNary's phone from his apartment on the way out, and police were able to unlock it after obtaining a search warrant, revealing the identity of McNary.[9][10] McNary was found not guilty of all charges on September 3, 2015.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. http://m.espn.go.com/nfl/playerinfo?playerId=15778. 
  2. "Archived copy". http://www.shrinegame.com/About/PatTillmanAward/JoshMcNary2011PatTillmanAward.aspx. 
  3. http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/McNARY-TO-DON-BLUE/45f08f49-ad2e-4c41-a030-49cd2dc787e8
  4. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/26/colts-promote-josh-mcnary-from-practice-squad/
  5. "Indianapolis Colts establish practice squad". blogs.colts.com. September 6, 2015. http://blogs.colts.com/2015/09/06/indianapolis-colts-establish-practice-squad-2/. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  6. "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". blogs.colts.com. December 29, 2015. http://blogs.colts.com/2015/12/29/indianapolis-colts-make-roster-moves-130/. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  7. "Jaguars sign linebacker Josh McNary as unrestricted free agent". March 16, 2017. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-JaguarsNews/Jaguars-sign-linebacker-Josh-McNary-as-unrestricted-free-agent/ae363891-0de7-4bd3-a04a-6e26bba0bf35. 
  8. Oehser, John (September 2, 2017). "Jaguars reduce active roster to 53 players". Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170905032258/http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-JaguarsNews/Jaguars-reduce-active-roster-to-53-players/11928d4a-71bb-4c27-af08-70f67c3242e8. 
  9. Smith, Michael David (January 14, 2015). "Colts’ Josh McNary charged with rape". NBC Sports. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/14/colts-josh-mcnary-charged-with-rape/. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  10. Adams, Michael Anthony; Keefer, Zak (January 14, 2015). "Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape". IndyStar. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/01/14/colts-linebacker-josh-mcnary-has-been-charged-with-rape/21768817/. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  11. Alper, Josh (September 3, 2015). "Ex-Colt Josh McNary found not guilty in rape trial". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/03/ex-colt-josh-mcnary-found-not-guilty-in-rape-trial/. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 

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