Brian McClure
No. 13
Personal information
Born: (1963-12-28) December 28, 1963 (age 60)
Ravenna, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
College:Bowling Green
NFL draft:1986 / Round: 12 / Pick: 313
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:181
Passer rating:32.9
Player stats at PFR

Brian McClure (born December 28, 1963) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Bowling Green Falcons.

College career

McClure played for the Falcons from 1982–85, where he set numerous offensive records. His 900 completions and 10,280 yards passing are both school records. He also threw 63 touchdowns which was the school record until Omar Jacobs threw 71 from 2003–05. In 1985, he led the Falcons to an undefeated regular season, but lost to Fresno State in the California Raisin Bowl.[1]

NFL replacement player

McClure was drafted in the 12th round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.[2] The arrival of Jim Kelly from the United States Football League pushed him to fourth string on the team's depth chart (behind Kelly, Frank Reich and Art Schlichter), and he was cut along with Schlichter prior to the start of the regular season after injuring his hand in the final preseason game. He was again cut by the Bills in training camp in 1987, but a got a chance to play after all when Buffalo signed him as a replacement player during that year's players strike.

After two weeks of replacement games (both losses, in which Buffalo scored a total of 13 points) and mediocre performances by quarterbacks Dan Manucci and Willie Totten, the Bills named McClure their starting quarterback for the October 18 contest against the New York Giants in Buffalo.[3] The game turned out to be a defensive struggle: neither team scored until New York kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter. McClure was not helping much, throwing three interceptions. Late in the game, though, Buffalo drove down to the Giants 14, then Todd Schlopy kicked a field goal to tie it and force overtime. In the OT, McClure (whose college nickname was the GOAT) again drove the Bills down the field, this time to the 10, when Schlopy won it with another field goal.[4] The following week, the strike was over and McClure was released.

Among players who appeared in only one NFL game, McClure's 20 completions, 38 attempts and 181 passing yards remain all-time records.



  1. ^ "CBS Sports - News, Live Scores, Schedules, Fantasy Games, Video and more". Archived from the original on May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "1986 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-10-03.
  3. ^ Podolski, Mark (October 20, 2017). "Mentor resident Brian McClure won his only NFL start at QB during 1987 strike season". The News-Herald. Archived from the original on October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Redirecting".