Booger McFarland: Rise to Stardom
Anthony “Booger” McFarland, a shy small-town kid from Winnsboro, LA, was one who wasn’t known for talking with people in his younger years. He proclaimed he was shy around girls and his outlook on life was the journey. He was often considered to be the “bad kid” and was given the name Booger by his mother. He was often teased for the nickname.
The name followed him wherever he went and despite not being able to shake the name, Booger went on to LSU where he had a great college football career. He played outstanding football in college, which earned him:
1995 Knoxville News-Sentinel Freshman All-SEC Team
1995 SEC Freshman Co-Defensive Player of the Year
1996 Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP)
1996 Peach Bowl SEC Defensive MVP
1998 First-Team All-American (AP, Football News)
1998 First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP, Football News)
His NFL career was nothing short of spectacular as well. Although often called a compliment to Warren Sapp, McFarland was great in his own right. He was drafted 15th overall in the 1999 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went on to play 8 seasons for the Bucs, including winning his first Super Bowl. Playing in 98 games, starting 84, he recorded 219 tackles, 1 Int, 5 pass defense, 4 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 20 sacks, and 1 TD on defense, which came from a Simeon Rice strip sack on Matt Schaub in the endzone in Atlanta. The TD was set up by the previous play in which McFarland sacked Michael Vick resulting in an injury to the elusive QB.
After Leaving Tampa in 2006, he went on to join his former HC Tony Dungy in Indianapolis, where he helped win another Super Bowl. The two time Super Bowl champion went on to dabble in Radio and is now working as a field analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. He and host Joe Tessitore complement each other nicely.