Codey McElroy
No. 86 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-13) December 13, 1992 (age 28)
Chattanooga, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Chattanooga
(Chattanooga, Oklahoma)
College:Southeastern Oklahoma State
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:30
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Codey McElroy (born December 13, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Southeastern Oklahoma State. He also played college baseball at Cameron University and the University of Texas and professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization and college basketball at Oklahoma State.

Early life in high school

McElroy grew up in Frederick, Oklahoma and attended Chattanooga High School in Chattanooga, Oklahoma, where he played baseball and basketball, but did not play football as the school was too small to field a team. He was a preseason All-State selection in basketball as a senior and averaged 18.7 points per game before suffering a season ending injury after 14 games.[1] In baseball, he hit .578 with 10 doubles, 15 home runs and 52 RBIs and was named first team All-State and a First Team All-American by Louisville Slugger.[2]

College and professional baseball career

McElroy started out playing junior college baseball at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he batted .276 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 59 games. Following the season, he transferred to the University of Texas for his sophomore year. He started 16 games at shortstop, but batted .161 and opted to transfer to Division II Cameron University in order to be closer to home. In his only season with the Aggies, McElroy hit .318 with seven home runs and a team leading 31 RBIs and was named first team All-Lone Star Conference. He was drafted in the 19th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves at the end of the season.[1] After batting .242 with the Rookie League Danville Braves McElroy was promoted to the Class-A Rome Braves towards the end of the 2014 season and batted .217. He decided to walk away from baseball after batting .168 through 32 games played the next season with Rome.[3]

Following the end of his baseball career, McElroy enrolled at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater to finish his college coursework. He joined the men's basketball team as a walk-on, playing five minutes over four games and no points scored in his only season.[4] McElroy spent a year as an assistant baseball coach at Wichita State University before deciding to enroll at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in order to prepare for a career in the oil industry.[5] He also walked on to the football team as a tight end despite not having played since middle school, catching 14 passes for 173 yards and five touchdowns in nine games.[6]

Professional career

Los Angeles Rams

McElroy was signed by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 15, 2018 after participating in a rookie tryout.[7] He was waived by the Rams during final roster cuts.[8]

Dallas Cowboys

McElroy was signed by the Dallas Cowboys on March 11, 2019.[9] He was originally place on injured reserve during training camp, but was waived with an injury settlement on September 4, 2019.[10]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McElroy was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on October 30, 2019 after working out for the team earlier in the season.[11] The Buccaneers promoted McElroy to their active roster on December 19, 2019.[12] McElroy made his NFL debut on December 21, 2019 against the Houston Texans, catching a 30 yard pass from Jameis Winston for his first career reception.[13]

On September 5, 2020, McElroy was waived by the Buccaneers.[14] He was re-signed to their practice squad on October 12, 2020.[15] McElroy spent the rest of the season on the practice squad as the Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs.[16] On February 9, 2021, McElroy re-signed with the Buccaneers.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b Schnell, Lindsay (February 24, 2016). "Out of left field: Codey McElroy sets aside MLB future to walk on with Oklahoma State basketball". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ Carrera, Aaron (May 31, 2012). "A Brief Chat with Newest Longhorn Baseball Commit Codey McElroy". Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Palmateer, Tyler (July 24, 2015). "OSU basketball: Walk-on Codey McElroy trading minor league baseball for court burns". The Oklahoman. Lawton Constitution. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  4. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (May 18, 2018). "Rams TE Codey McElroy took unprecedented path to NFL, including MiLB stint". Rams Wire. USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Feken, Nate (July 15, 2018). "Codey McElroy Changes Careers, Credits Oklahoma Roots". KFOR.com.
  6. ^ Buckingham, Dylan (April 29, 2018). "Oklahoma Native Codey McElroy Takes WILD Path to the NFL". KFOR.com.
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Rams sign six undrafted free agents after rookie minicamp tryout". TurfShowTimes.com. SB Nation. May 15, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rams Make Initial Roster Cuts". TheRams.com. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Mullenax, Steven (March 11, 2019). "Dallas Cowboys sign former baseball player Codey McElroy". TheLandryHat.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Bouda, Nate (September 4, 2019). "Cowboys Waive WR Codey McElroy From IR With Settlement". NFLTradeRumors.co. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Codey McElroy: Joins Bucs' practice squad". CBSSports.com. October 31, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Gantt, Darrin (December 19, 2019). "Bucs promote TE from practice squad, adding to new faces". Profootballtalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Auman, Greg (December 21, 2019). "Jameis Winston keeps doing the one thing he knows he can't do". The Athletic. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Smith, Scott (September 5, 2020). "Matt Gay, A.Q. Shipley Among Cuts to Get to 53". Buccaneers.com.
  15. ^ "Codey McElroy: Signs with Bucs' practice squad". CBSSports.com. RotoWire. October 12, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Alper, Josh (February 5, 2021). "Cyril Grayson, Codey McElroy have played important roles in Bucs practices". Yahoo Sports. Profootballtalk.com.
  17. ^ Smith, Scott (February 9, 2021). "Bucs Sign 11 to Futures Contracts". Buccaneers.com.