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Keenan Wayne McCardell (/mɪˈkɑːrdɪl/; born January 6, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who played 17 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and he was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, McCardell won two Super Bowl rings, with the Redskins in 1991 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. He is currently the wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Keenan McCardell
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McCardell in April 2007
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1970-01-06) January 6, 1970 (age 49)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (TX) Waltrip
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 12 / Pick: 326
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:11,373
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

McCardell is the son of Arthur and Mattie McCardell.[1] He attended Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas.[2] He was a three-sport athlete, playing quarterback in football as well as participating in basketball and track.[3]

College careerEdit

McCardell starred at UNLV, where his speed and athleticism enabled him to become one of the premier wide receivers in college football. He left as the school’s leading all-time receiver with 141 catches for 2,189 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns. He emerged as UNLV’s big-play receiver during his junior year, catching 54 passes for 883 yards (16.4 avg.) and five touchdowns, while being named team MVP and becoming the first UNLV receiver to post four consecutive 100-yard games.[3]

Professional playing careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

McCardell was selected in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but he never took the field in a Redskins’ uniform. He, however, got a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins while being on injured reserve. He was cut after the 1991 season.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

McCardell signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1992. He saw his first regular season action, but only recorded one reception for eight yards. His 1993 season wasn't much better in terms of catches, but he did score his first professional touchdown. He would record three more before the 1993 season was over. His production steadily increased during his time in Cleveland. Although he only started five games in 1995, he racked up 56 catches, 709 yards, and four touchdowns. Following the season, he became a free agent. He finished his career with the Browns with 80 receptions for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Before the 1996 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed McCardell to his first big contract. During his first season with the team he made 85 catches for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns, and earned himself a trip to his first ever Pro Bowl. With the emergence of teammate Jimmy Smith, the Jaguars had one of the best duos at wide receiver in the NFL. They earned the nickname "Thunder and Lightning" with McCardell as "Thunder" because of his ability to run routes in the middle of the field.[4] After the 2001 season, McCardell, along with many other Jaguar starters, were waived due to salary cap reasons. He finished his six-year career with the Jaguars recording 499 receptions for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns.[5]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

McCardell signed with the Tampa Buccaneers before the 2002 season. The Buccaneers would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVII, beating the AFC champion Oakland Raiders 48-21 with McCardell scoring two touchdowns in that game. He became the team’s primary receiver late in the 2003 season, making his second Pro Bowl, mainly due to a dispute between receiver Keyshawn Johnson and the Buccaneers organization, which ultimately ended in Johnson being traded to the Dallas Cowboys for Joey Galloway.

McCardell started the 2004 season as a holdout with the Buccaneers after wanting a new contract.

San Diego ChargersEdit

After the dispute with the Buccaneers, McCardell was traded to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for a third- and fifth-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2005, he was the team’s second-leading receiver behind tight end Antonio Gates, totaling 70 catches for 917 yards, and a career-high nine touchdown receptions. On December 4, 2005, in a game against the Oakland Raiders, McCardell became the 13th player in NFL history to record 800 career receptions.

On March 1, 2007, McCardell was released by the Chargers. In three years with the team he totaled 137 receptions for 1,747 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Houston TexansEdit

On July 23, 2007 McCardell signed with the Houston Texans, but was eventually cut on August 31, without playing a game for the team.

Washington RedskinsEdit

On October 1, 2007 McCardell signed with the Washington Redskins. He played in 10 games, recording 22 receptions for 256 yards and a touchdown.

McCardell finished his career with 883 receptions, which is 13th most all time. He also ranks 23rd in total receiving yardage with 11,373.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

After coaching the West team wide receivers for the 2010 East-West Shrine Game,[7] McCardell was hired by the Washington Redskins to coach their wide receivers on January 27, 2010. He was fired on January 11, 2012.

Maryland TerrapinsEdit

From 2014 to 2015, he served as wide receivers coach for the Maryland Terrapins[8] under head coach Randy Edsall, where he coached current pro players Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

McCardell reunited with former head coach Tom Coughlin on January 20, 2017 as wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

McCardell and his wife, Nicole, have four children: daughters Keandra, Nia and Nakeeya, and son Keenan II.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Perseverance pays off for Texans WR McCardell".
  2. ^ "Distinguished HISD Alumni Archived 2012-05-15 at the Wayback Machine." Houston Independent School District.
  3. ^ a b "NFL Fantasy Football Player Profile - Keenan McCardell".
  4. ^ Hubbuch, Bart. "Thunder and Lightning making some noise again -".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "NFL Receptions Career Leaders -".
  7. ^ "West Team Roster and Coaches". Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Keenan McCardell Bio".
  9. ^ "Keenan McCardKell named WRs coach".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Keenan McCardell at Wikimedia Commons