Tony McDaniel

Tony McDaniel

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McDaniel with the Miami Dolphins
No. 93Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985
Place of birth: Hartsville, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbia (SC) Keenan
College: Tennessee
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 231
Sacks: 11.5
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at

Anthony Dewayne McDaniel (born January 20, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Tennessee.

McDaniel has also played for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

College career

McDaniel played college football at the University of Tennessee but was dismissed from the team after assaulting a fellow UT student during a pick up basketball game. He left college as a junior to enter the NFL Draft and was picked up by Jacksonville as an undrafted free-agent.

Professional career

Jacksonville Jaguars

Played in 11 games as reserve defensive tackle for the Jaguars during the 2006 season. McDaniel finished the year with 21 tackles and one sack. He was inactive for final five games as he battled a hip injury.

Miami Dolphins

On March 19, 2009, McDaniel was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Seattle Seahawks

On March 28, 2013, McDaniel signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[1] McDaniel and the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014, and lost Super Bowl XLIX the next season. On August 2, 2015, McDaniel was released for salary cap reasons after the Seahawks signed Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to long-term extensions that offseason.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On August 10, 2015, McDaniel signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[3]

Second stint with the Seahawks

On August 16, 2016, McDaniel signed with his former team.[4]

Criminal record


In January 2005, McDaniel assaulted fellow University of Tennessee student, Edward Goodrich, during a pick-up basketball game for which Goodrich received 4 broken bones and needed a metal plate inserted into his face to repair injuries. McDaniel, originally charged with aggravated assault, a felony, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and agreed to pay restitution to Goodrich for an undisclosed amount. Goodrich had filed an $800,000 lawsuit against McDaniel in Knox County Circuit Court.[5]


On February 6, 2010, McDaniel was arrested on the charge of domestic battery against his girlfriend which allegedly occurred in the driveway of his Broward County Florida residence. He was released on bond the following day.[6] McDaniel was the first of two defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, Phillip Merling being the second, to be arrested and charged with battery against a female during the 2010 offseason.[7]

The charges were later reduced to disorderly contact, a misdemeanor. He pleaded no contest, was sentenced to six months probation, and was required to attend counseling.[8] After pleading no contest, the NFL suspended McDaniel one game, without pay, for violating the league's personal conduct policy.[9][10]

"I think he's been very good, very strong up front for us. I think he's been a dominant player at times."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on McDaniel in August 2008[11]


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