Bryant McFadden
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McFadden with the Steelers in 2007
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Personal information
Born: (1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 40)
Hollywood, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Hollywood (FL) McArthur
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:295
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:5
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Bryant McFadden (born November 21, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. McFadden was also a member of the Arizona Cardinals. He earned two Super Bowl rings during his time with the Steelers, Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. McFadden currently serves as a studio analyst for the all-digital sports network, 120 Sports. He also hosts Huddlecast, the football podcast of his alma mater, Florida State University.[1]

Early years

Bryant McFadden attended McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida. He was ranked the top cornerback by most recruiting services. As a senior, he was a USA Today All-USA selection, a Parade All-America first team selection, and named to the Super Southern 100 team by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after posting two interceptions and 75 tackles. As a junior, he posted one interception and 75 tackles.

College career

McFadden played college football at Florida State University where he finished his career with 107 tackles. He played free safety at FSU, but he also sometimes doubled as a cornerback. He majored in computer graphics, with a minor in studio art.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bryant was drafted 62nd overall in the 2005 NFL Draft,[2] as a nickel back. He recorded his first career interception against Jacksonville in Week 5.[3]

Filling in at the starting position for the injured Deshea Townsend, McFadden intercepted a Byron Leftwich pass in the Steelers' end zone. The interception led to a game-tying Jeff Reed 29-yard field goal. The Steelers ended up losing, 23-17.

Bryant is also well known among Steelers fans for his two big plays in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts. After Jerome Bettis's crucial fumble at the goal line, Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning threw to the end zone for wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Bryant tipped the ball away at the last second.[4] On the next play, Manning again went deep for Wayne, and McFadden tipped it away again. Mike Vanderjagt then missed a game-tying field goal.

He finished his debut season with 18 tackles, one interception and a victory at Super Bowl XL.[5]

In the third game of the 2007 season against the San Francisco 49ers, he intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. He ended the campaign with 22 tackles and one interception.[6]

Arizona Cardinals

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, McFadden signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team the Steelers had just beaten in Super Bowl XLIII.[7] McFadden finished the season with 69 tackles.

Pittsburgh Steelers (second stint)

McFadden, along with Arizona's sixth round draft pick, was traded back to the Steelers during the 2010 NFL Draft, in exchange for the Steelers' second fifth round draft pick.[8]

At the end of the 2010 season, McFadden and the Steelers appeared in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers. He started and recorded four total tackles in the 31–25 loss.[9]

He played two seasons with the Steelers, with 91 tackles in 29 games, and was released on February 8, 2012.

Broadcasting career

While still a player, for three seasons, McFadden hosted his own 30-minute weekly TV show on WPMY, “The Hometowne Sports B-Mac Corner.”[10] He also hosted a weekly radio show on Pittsburgh’s WEAE-FM in 2011-12.[11]

Following his playing career, McFadden joined the team at 120 Sports, an all-digital sports network based out of Chicago, where he now serves as a studio analyst.[12]

In addition to his work on 120 Sports, McFadden has worked as a game analyst for the 2015 Southern Heritage Classic on Fox Sports South,[13] and been a regular guest on radio shows across the country, including national broadcasts on ESPN Radio and Sirius/XM.

McFadden joins several of his Steelers’ teammates who have moved into broadcasting after their playing careers, including Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Hines Ward.[14]


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  2. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Results and Analysis: Round 2 - National Football League - ESPN". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bryant McFadden: Game Logs at". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  4. ^ maryrose (September 8, 2010). "#2 - Steelers 21, Colts 18 (2005) - Top 12 Greatest Wins in Steelers' History (Non-Super Bowl)". Behind the Steel Curtain. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
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  6. ^ "Bryant McFadden". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Free agent McFadden signs with Cardinals". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Steelers trade 5th round pick for return of Bryant McFadden". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Herman, Brian. "Taylor works with McFadden". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Harris, John. "Steelers test new career paths". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Dashboard |". Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Tigers Return to Action Saturday, Take on Tennessee State". Retrieved June 2, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Bryant McFadden Just The Latest Former Steeler Entering The Media - Steelers Depot". Steelers Depot. July 3, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016.