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Darnerien Richard McCants (born August 1, 1977) is a former gridiron football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Delaware State.

Darnerien McCants
No. 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1977-08-01) August 1, 1977 (age 42)
Odenton, Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Arundel (Gambrills, Maryland)
College:Delaware State
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

McCants played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Baltimore Ravens and Montreal Alouettes.

Early yearsEdit

As a senior at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, McCants was an All-State, All-County and All-Metro selection in one season of organized high school football. He led his teams to county and regional championships.

McCants was also a state champion in the high jump.[1]

McCants previously played one year of JV football at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland before transferring to Arundel.[citation needed]

He spent his freshman year at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland.[1]

College careerEdit

At Delaware State University, McCants played his best season as a senior, at tight end, tallying career-highs of 36 catches, 692 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. His touchdown total set Delaware State and MEAC records, and was No. 1 in NCAA Division I-AA.

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

McCants was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. After showing promise as an end zone threat in 2003, He fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and spent much of 2004 on the inactive list. He was released after the 2004 season.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Before the 2005 season McCants signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. When active in 2005, he primarily played on special teams. He was released prior to the 2006 season.

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

On July 11, 2007, McCants was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Team TennesseeEdit

On January 26, 2008, he was selected 38th overall by Team Tennessee in the 2008 AAFL Draft.

Baltimore RavensEdit

On July 25, 2008, McCants signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was later released on August 26.

Montreal AlouettesEdit

On December 18, 2008, McCants signed with the Montreal Alouettes.

He was released by the Alouettes on March 17, 2009.

Music careerEdit

Outside of football, Darnerien is an R&B singer, signed by the record label MacVizion LLC. McCants says his music is inspired by artists such as R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.[2][3]


Since retiring from football in 2009, McCants worked a personal trainer.[1] In 2019 McCants became a jumping coach for the track team at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland which he had attended as a freshman.[1][4] McCants lives in Ashburn, Virginia and previously coached there at both Briar Woods High School and Rock Ridge High School for six years.[1] McCants has expressed the intent to become an educator, having majored in education at Delaware State.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Meyer, Jacob Calvin (July 2, 2019). "Arundel High grad, former Redskins wideout shifting focus as track coach at Wilde Lake". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Darnerien on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads". MySpace Music. Archived from the original on May 17, 2009.
  3. ^ "Darnerien McCants : Home". Archived from the original on December 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Athletics". Wilde Lake High School. Howard County Public School System. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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