22 Little Known Facts About Wide Receiver Keenan McCardell


Wide receiver had a great career that lasted nearly two full decades. He played for a few teams and was always known for having a lot of talent and giving a lot of effort. Quarterbacks loved throwing the ball to this quality receiver. Here is a look at 22 little known facts about wide receiver Keenan McCardell.

-Keenan McCardell played 17 seasons in the NFL, two of those with the Washington Redskins. Those two seasons happen to be his first and last years in the league.

-Keenan McCardell played college football at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), graduating in 1991, during the school’s great basketball years.

-McCardell’s first touchdown reception came as a member of the Cleveland Browns, was scored in a 20-17 loss to the Patriots, went for ten yards and was thrown to him by Vinny Testaverde.

-Keenan McCardell was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He went on to win two Super Bowl rings and play for 17 seasons.

-More than 40 wide receivers were selected ahead of McCardell in the 1991 NFL Draft, they include: Herman Moore, Alvin Harper, Mike Pritchard, Randall Hill, Wesley Carroll, Jeff Graham, Doug Thomas, Reggie Barrett, Lawrence Dawsey, Jake Reed, Ernie Mills, David Daniels, Tim Barnett, Ed McCaffrey, Derek Russell, Yancey Thigpen, Rocket Ismail, Rob Carpenter, Gary Wellman, Anthony Morgan, Michael Jackson, Millard Hamilton, James Bradley, Johnny Walker, Tony Hargain, Brad Lamb, Treamelle Taylor, Damon Mays, Shawn Wiggins, Shawn Jefferson, Shane Garrett, Scott Miller, Jerry Bouldin, Curtis Mayfield, Walter Sutton, Vince Moore, Joachim Weinberg, Bobby Olive, Bobby Slaughter, Darren Hughes, Linzy Collins, and Alex Johnson.

-During his career, McCardell played for the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers. He wore three different numbers during his time in the NFL: 80, 86, and 87.

-Keenan McCardell scored more touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals, a total of ten, than he did against any other team in the NFL.

-Keenan McCardell scored five two point conversions during his career. All five during his time with the Jaguars.

-Keenan McCardell earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Washington Redskins in 1991 when he spent the entire year on injured reserve and never made it into a game.

-McCardell’s second Super Bowl ring was again earned his first year with a team when he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and they would go on to win the big game.

-McCardell finished his 17 year career having run the ball five times for 20 yards. His longest run came with San Diego and was for 8 yards.

-During his career, McCardell caught 64 touchdowns passes. He was much more dangerous at home where he caught 42 of them as opposed to on the road where he caught just 22.

-During the 2007 offseason, McCardell was actually signed by the Houston Texans for a little over a month before being cut before the start of the regular season.

-For many years, McCardell also returned punts off and on in addition to his wide receiver duties. His longest return went for 22 yards.

-Keenan McCardell was the wide receivers coach for the West team in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game.

-The only touchdown that Keenan McCardell scored during his career that was not a pass reception came on a 57 yard fumble return while he was with Tampa Bay.

-The quarterback who threw more touchdown passes to McCardell than anyone else was Mark Brunell with 26. Second place on the list is Brad Johnson with 14.

-In 2003, Keenan McCardell caught the longest touchdown pass of his career, a 76 yarder thrown to him by Brad Johnson. This topped his previous career longest which was a 75 yarder thrown to him by Johnson two months earlier. Incidentally, that one broke his previous career longest which was a 74 yarder thrown to him by Johnson just two weeks before that.

-The Chargers were the only team to try a play with McCardell passing the ball. They did it for the first time in 2004 and the pass was incomplete. They tried again in 2005 and he was sacked for a four yard loss.

-In a 2005 week 3 45-23 win over the visiting New York Giants, Keenan McCardell caught a 26 yard touchdown pass thrown to him by the great running back, LaDainian Tomlinson.

-McCardell caught six post season touchdown passes during his career. One with the Browns, two with the Jaguars, two with the Raiders, and one with the Chargers.

-Keenan McCardell’s last touchdown reception ever in the NFL came with the Redskins in 2007 in the fourth quarter of a 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. It went for six yards and was thrown to him by Jason Campbell.

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