Tony McGee (tight end)

Tony McGee
No. 82 (Michigan, Cincinnati, Dallas)
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-04-21) April 21, 1971
Place of birth: Terre Haute, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Terre Haute (IN) South Vigo
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 322
Receiving yards: 4,089
Receiving TDs: 21
Player stats at PFR

Tony Lamont McGee (born April 21, 1971) is a former American football player.

McGee played professional football as a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons. The bulk of his NFL career was spent with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1993 to 2001. He appeared in 136 games for the Bengals (134 as a starter) and caught 299 passes for 3,795 yards and 20 touchdowns. After nine years with the Bengals, he ranked seventh on the team's all-time career receptions list. McGee also played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2002 to 2003 and the New York Giants for three games at the end of the 2003 NFL season.

McGee played college football for the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1992. As a senior in 1992, he caught 38 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns, including six catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Michigan's victory over Washington in the 1993 Rose Bowl.

Early years

McGee was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1971. He attended South Vigo High School in Terre Haute.[1] As a senior in high school, he was a two-way player. On offense, he played tight end and caught 29 passes for 620 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he played defensive end and had 60 tackles, 10 sacks and nine tackles for loss.[2] He also lettered in basketball.

University of Michigan

McGee enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1989 and played college football as a tight end from 1989 to 1992.[3][4] Although he only had 3 receptions going into his senior year, he would start all 12 games at tight end for the undefeated 1992 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 9-0-3 record.[5] During the 1992 season, he caught 38 passes (second on the team) for 467 yards and six receiving touchdowns (second on the team). He had the best came of his collegiate career in Michigan's victory over Washington in the 1993 Rose Bowl with six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns.[6]

Professional football

Cincinnati Bengals

McGee was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (37th overall pick) of the 1993 NFL Draft.[1] As a rookie in 1993, McGee was the Bengals' starting tight end in 15 games and caught 44 passes for 525 yards.

He remained with the Bengals for nine years, starting all 16 games at tight end each year from 1994 to 1999.[1] In 1995, McGee was reunited with his Michigan head coach Gary Moeller who joined the Bengals as an assistant coach.[7] During the 1995 season, McGee had his best season with 55 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns. Between 1993 and 2001, McGee appeared in 136 games, 134 as a starter, and caught 299 passes for 3,795 yards and 20 touchdowns.[1]

After nine seasons with the Bengals, McGee ranked seventh on the club's all-time career receptions list.[8] In December 2001, the Bengals placed McGee on injured reserve due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.[9] In 2002, after the drafting of tight end Matt Schobel, with McGee recovering from a knee injury and the team looking to save money under the salary cap, he was released on April 25.[8]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)

On April 27, 2002, two days after being released, McGee signed with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting with offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet, who had also served that function previously with the Bengals. He signed a three-year contract that included a $400,000 signing bonus, and base salaries of $650,000 in 2002 and $750,000 in both 2003 and 2004.[8][10] He was the Cowboys' starter at tight end for all 16 games during the 2002 NFL season, catching 23 passes (third on the team) for 294 yards (third on the team) and one touchdown.[1]

The next year, new head coach Bill Parcells signed free agent Dan Campbell and drafted future All-Pro Jason Witten, which forced his release on August 31, 2003.[11]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On September 1, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to replace an injured Rickey Dudley, but was cut just four days later after the signing of Daniel Wilcox.[12]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)

The Dallas Cowboys re-signed him on October 8, 2003, after rookie tight end Witten sustained a broken jaw and backup James Whalen injured a hamstring.[13] He appeared in only one contest with no receptions, after Witten missed only one game and McGee was subsequently released on October 19.[1]

New York Giants

He signed with the New York Giants on December 2, 2003, after Jeremy Shockey and Marcellus Rivers injured their knees respectively.[14] He appeared in three games with no receptions and wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.[1]

Personal life

McGee is the CEO of the freight company HNM Global Logistics.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Tony McGee". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  2. "McGee Chooses Michigan". The Argus-Press. January 27, 1989. p. 9.
  3. "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. "When things get tight, Michigan turns to McGee". The Argus-Press (AP story). October 16, 1992. p. 13.
  5. "1992 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  6. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved April 2, 2015.(to retrieve McGee's statistics, enter "mcgee" in the box for the player's last name)
  7. "Moeller 'starting over' with Bengals". The Argus-Press. July 20, 1995. p. 12.
  8. 1 2 3 "Cowboys sign TE McGee". The Victoria Advocate. April 28, 2002. p. 2B.
  9. "Bengals' McGee on I.R.". Lakeland Ledger. December 4, 2001. p. C3.
  10. Len Pasquarelli (April 28, 2002). "McGee rejoins Coslet -- in Cowboys' scheme".
  11. "Teams cut back rosters". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. September 1, 2003. p. C3.
  13. "Cowboys bring back tight end McGee". The Victoria Advocate. October 9, 2003. p. 3B.
  14. "McGee Signed". KFFL. December 2, 2003.
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