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Don McPherson
McPherson, speaking at a pep rally for the Syracuse Orange, at the 2009 New York State Fair.
McPherson in 2009
No. 9, 16
Personal information
Born: (1965-04-02) April 2, 1965 (age 59)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:West Hempstead
(West Hempstead, New York)
College:Syracuse (1983–1987)
NFL draft:1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 149
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Passing attempts:497
Passing completions:211
Completion percentage:42.5%
Passing yards:3,248
Player stats at

Donald G. McPherson (born April 2, 1965) is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He spent seven seasons in the NFL and CFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Houston Oilers, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Ottawa Rough Riders.

McPherson played college football for the Syracuse Orange, winning the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. He was selected in the sixth round by the Eagles in the 1988 NFL Draft.[1] His accomplishments during his tenure with Syracuse propelled him to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

After football

McPherson joined the staff of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, before becoming the first executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University. As a feminist and social activist he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs, and regularly speaks at college campuses as a critic of gender roles, stating that the standard constructions of masculinity and femininity both limit men's emotions and overall well-being as well as contribute to "gendered violence" such as domestic violence, stalking, and rape. In this capacity he has testified before hearings of the United States House of Representatives.

McPherson is currently a college football commentator for Big East football on regional sports cable network SportsNet New York.[2]

Personal life

He is the younger brother of former NFL player and pastor Miles McPherson.

See also


  1. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-09-23.
  2. ^ "SNY promotes its move beyond the Mets". Sports Business Journal. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 2019-12-31. Retrieved 2013-11-30.