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 55   Willie McGinest   LB
  Height: 6-5   Weight: 270
  Year: 12   Yrs/Pat: 12
  Acquired: D1-94 (4th overall)
  School: Southern California
  Major: Public Administration
  Born: Dec 11, 1971  Long Beach  Calif.
  Pro Bowl: 1996, 2003

Personal

William Lee McGinest, Jr. was born the son of Willie and Joyce McGinest on Dec. 11, 1971 in Long Beach, Calif. ... He is the middle of three children ... Attended Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High, where he was a two sport phenom, garnering all-state honors in football and basketball ... On the gridiron, he earned All-American recognition from Super Prep, Blue Chip and Tom Lemming magazines and was selected to countless all-star teams, earning all-city, all-state, and all-region honors as a linebacker in 1989 ... Totaled 107 tackles, including 18 sacks, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, including an interception, and blocked four kicks as a senior ... On the courts, he earned Long Beach Press - Telegram "Best in the West," All-CIF Southern Section and all-league honors while averaging 14 points per game during the 1989-90 season ... Received his degree in public administration at Southern Cal in 1994 ... Willie has a daughter, Riley Nicole.

Career Transactions

Willie McGinest was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1994 NFL draft … Signed by Patriots (05/17/94) … Re-signed by Patriots prior to becoming a free agent (02/19/98).

Career Statistics

Regular Season Tackles Interceptions Miscellaneous
Year Team G/S TT UT A S Yds No Yds Lg TD PD FF FR Yds TD Blk SpT
1994 Patriots 16/7 43 29 14 4.5 17.0 0 0 0 0 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
1995 Patriots 16/16 88 70 18 11.0 96.0 0 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
1996 Patriots 16/16 67 49 18 9.5 62.5 1 46 46t 1 9 2 2 1 1 0 0
1997 Patriots 11/11 35 25 10 2.0 14.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
1998 Patriots 9/8 24 19 5 3.5 23.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Patriots 16/16 84 70 14 9.0 59.5 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 2 1 0 0
2000 Patriots 14/14 63 45 18 6.0 39.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
2001 Patriots 11/5 33 25 8 6.0 35.0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Patriots 16/10 62 42 20 5.5 41.0 1 2 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Patriots 14/11 79 58 21 5.5 33.5 1 15 15t 1 4 2 2 20 0 0 0
2004 Patriots 16/16 61 43 18 9.5 55.0 1 27 27 0 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
2005 Patriots 16/16 62 49 13 6.0 35.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0

Totals   171/146 701 524 177 78 511 4 90 46t 2 55 16 15 23 0 0 0


Postseason Tackles Interceptions Miscellaneous
Year Team G/S TT UT A S Yds No Yds Lg TD PD FF FR Yds TD Blk SpT
1994 Patriots 1/1 8 5 3 1.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 Patriots 3/3 16 10 6 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 Patriots 2/2 11 6 5 2.5 5.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Patriots 1/1 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Patriots 3/1 11 9 2 2.0 18.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Patriots 3/3 16 13 3 5.0 38.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Patriots 3/3 7 5 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Patriots 2/2 14 10 4 4.5 35.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals   18/16 86 61 25 16 113.5 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0




Career Highlights

Career GP/GS: 171/146 (18/16):

McGinest begins the 2005 season ranked fourth among the Patriots all-time sack leaders with 72.0 career sacks. He needs one more sack to pass Tony McGee (72.5) for third place on the Patriots all-time sack list.

McGinest's 72.0 career sacks rank second among all active NFL linebackers entering the 2005 season. He trails only new teammate Chad Brown's mark of 78.0 career sacks.

McGinest led the team and finished tied for seventh in the AFC with 9.5 sacks in 2004. His 9.5 sacks last season were his most since 1996 when he registered the same amount.

McGinest has recorded 11.5 career postseason sacks, ranking him third on the NFL's career postseason sacks list, behind only Bruce Smith (14.5) and Reggie White (12.0).

McGinest has played in 155 games during his 11- year career with New England, ranking second in games played among active Patriots players (Troy Brown, 162).

McGinest was named to his second Pro Bowl following the 2003 season after recording 79 tackles (58 solo), his highest tackle total since 1999.

McGinest set a Patriots record and led the NFL with 5.0 sacks in the 2003 postseason. His total included 3.0 sacks in the divisional playoff against Tennessee (01/10), where he set a Patriots record and tied for the third-most sacks in a playoff game in NFL history. ? McGinest earned the NFL's Levitra Play of the Week honors by providing one of the most memorable plays of the Patriots' 2003 season when he stuffed Indianapolis' Edgerrin James on the goal line with 11 seconds remaining to preserve New England's 38-34 win over the Colts (11/30).

McGinest finished tied for the Patriots lead with 5.5 sacks in 2002 along with Richard Seymour. It marks the fifth time in his career that he either led the team or was tied for the team lead in sacks.

McGinest led the team in sacks in 1995 (11), 1996 (9.5), 1999 (9), 2000 (6) and 2004 (9.5). His 11 sacks in 1995 were the most by a Patriot since Andre Tippett's 12.5 sacks in 1987.

McGinest earned back-to-back Miller Lite Player of the Game honors following his two-sack performances against Denver (10/28/01) and Atlanta (11/4/01). He became the first Patriot to record multiple sacks in consecutive weeks since Chris Slade accomplished the feat on 09/12/93 and 09/19/93. He has recorded multiple sacks in 17 games during his career (including playoffs), including three games in 2003.

McGinest led the Patriots with two sacks during the 2001 postseason, including a 16-yard sack of Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI.

The Patriots have qualified for the playoffs in seven of McGinest's 11 NFL seasons. He has played in a team-record 16 postseason games with New England, including 14 starts and has totaled 72 tackles (51 solos), including 11.5 sacks for 78 yards.

McGinest was voted defensive co-captain for the 2000 season by his teammates.

Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the 1999 season opener at the N.Y. Jets (09/12/99) when he was credited with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 30-28 victory over the Jets.

He was voted to his first Pro Bowl in 1996, after his first season playing defensive end.

In 1996, he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his performances during the month of October when he combined for 21 tackles, including four sacks, one interception and three passes defensed to help the Patriots complete a 3-1 record during the month.

Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Buffalo (10/27/96) when he posted seven tackles (5 solo), including a sack, had two passes defensed and returned his first career interception 46 yards for a touchdown.

Closed out the 1995 season in Pro Bowl form, recording 15 solo tackles and five sacks in the final three games of the season, including multiple-sack performances vs. the Jets (12/10/95) and at Indianapolis (12/23/95).



College

McGinest was a four-year letterman at Southern Cal (1990-93) ... Wore number 55 and carried on the legacy of the jersey established by his predecessor, All-American linebacker Junior Seau ... Earned all-conference honors three straight years and earned All-American acclaim. 1993 (Senior): A Lombardi Award finalist, he also earned Playboy All-American and All-Pac-10 conference honors as a senior … Started every game at weakside defensive end for the Trojans ... Finished his collegiate career with 193 tackles (134 solos), 29 sacks (171 yards), 48 tackles for loss (238 yards) and 26 passes batted away ... Registered 68 tackles (42 solos), including six sacks and 13 tackles for losses ... Caused one fumble and recovered another. 1992 (Junior): He shared the Pac-10 lead with 16 sacks ... Led the team with 23 tackles for loss (99 yards) ... Earned first-team All-Pac 10 Conference honors ... Named Southern Cal’s Defensive Player of the Year ... Started all season at outside linebacker on the weak side ... Finished his junior campaign with 63 tackles (fourth on the team), nine passes defensed (second on the team) and three forced fumbles (tied for first). 1991 (Sophomore): Played in nine games, starting eight at outside linebacker as a sophomore ... Finished the season with 35 tackles (30 solos), including two sacks. 1990 (Freshman): Played in every game as a true freshman with three starts ... Was called upon to make his collegiate starting debut at the 1990 Kickoff Classic vs. Syracuse (8/31/90) ... Finished his freshman season with 27 tackles, including five sacks.

2005 Season

2005 (16/16/0/0): Ranks third in team history with 78.0 career sacks … Passed Tony McGee for third place on the Patriots all-time sack list with two sacks against Pittsburgh (9/25/05). Oakland (9/8): Collected three tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night. at Carolina (9/18): Tallied five solo tackles … Kept contain and dropped Ricky Proehl for an 8-yard loss on a reverse in the third quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Notched three solo tackles, including two sacks and a pass defensed in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Steelers … Deflected a pass intended for Dan Kreider in the third quarter … Teamed with Chad Brown to stop Cedrick Wilson for no gain on a reverse in the fourth quarter … Dropped Ben Roethlisberger for a 9-yard sack in the fourth quarter. San Diego (10/2): Registered four solo tackles and a pass defensed … Halted a Chargers drive by batting down a Drew Brees pass on third-and-two in the second quarter … Combined with Ty Warren to stonewall Eric Parker for a 2-yard loss on a reverse in the second quarter … Teamed with Asante Samuel to stop Darren Sproles for a 1-yard loss on a screen pass in the third quarter. at Atlanta (10/9): Recorded five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots’ 31-28 win over the Falcons. at Denver (10/16): Tallied six tackles (5 solo), including a half a sack … Teamed with Mike Vrabel to stuff Mike Anderson for a 2-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the first quarter … Combined with Dan Klecko to sack Jake Plummer for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. Buffalo (10/30): Registered six tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Registered five solo tackles … Combined with Jarvis Green to stuff Edgerrin James for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass in the first quarter … Partnered with Asante Samuel to stonewall James for a 2-yard loss on a rush off right end in the third quarter … Stopped James for no gain on a rush off right end in the fourth quarter. at Miami (11/13): Tallied two tackles and a pass defensed in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins … Deflected a pass that was then intercepted by Ellis Hobbs in the fourth quarter … Combined with Mike Vrabel to stonewall Ricky Williams for a 2-yard loss on a rush off left end in the fourth quarter … Batted down and almost intercepted a pass intended for Ronnie Brown in the fourth quarter. New Orleans (11/20): Notched five tackles (4 solo), a sack and two passes defensed in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints … Teamed with Rosevelt Colvin to stuff Antowain Smith for no gain on a rush off right guard in the first quarter … Batted down a pass intended for Joe Horn in the second quarter … Provided pressure and forced Aaron Brooks to throw an incompletion on a fourth-and-five play in the second quarter … Dropped Brooks for a 5-yard sack in the second quarter … Knocked down a pass intended for Aaron Stecker in the fourth quarter. at Kansas City (11/27): Collected five solo tackles … Teamed with Ty Warren to stop Larry Johnson for a 3-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the fourth quarter … Stuffed Johnson for a 2-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the fourth quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Recorded four tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets … Teamed with Ty Warren to stonewall Curtis Martin for no gain on a rush off right guard in the first quarter … Combined with Jarvis Green to stuff Martin for no gain on a rush off right guard in the second quarter. at Buffalo (12/11): Registered two tackles in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills. Tampa Bay (12/17): Collected five tackles (3 solo), two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Patriots’ 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers … Dropped Chris Simms for a 4-yard sack in the first quarter … Recovered a Simms’ fumble after Mike Vrabel caused the loose ball with a blind-sack sack late in the second quarter … Sacked Simms for an 11-yard loss with strong outside pass rush on a fourth-and-three play in the third quarter. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Notched two tackles and a half sack in the Patriots’ 31-21 victory over the Jets … Combined with Rosevelt Colvin to drop Brooks Bollinger for a 4-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Miami (1/1): Saw limited action at linebacker and did not record a tackle.

2005 Postseason (2/2/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Finished second on the team with eight tackles (6 solo) and collected an NFL playoff record 4.5 sacks in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars ... Dropped Byron Leftwich for a 7-yard sack on the first play of the second quarter ... Sacked Leftwich for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter ... Dropped Leftwich for a 15-yard loss with a sack in the fourth quarter ... Teamed with Richard Seymour to sack David Garrard for a 7-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... Sacked Garrard for a 5-yard loss late in the fourth quarter. at Denver (1/14): Notched six tackles (4 solo).



2004 season

2004 (16/16, 3/3): Started all 16 games at outside linebacker for the fourth time in his career and for the first time since 1999 … Collected 61 tackles (43 solo) … Led the team and finished tied for seventh in the AFC with 9.5 sacks. Indianapolis (9/9):  Collected four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Preserved the Patriots' 27-24 lead with a key sack of Peyton Manning on third-and-eight in the fourth quarter ... The sack pushed the Colts back 12 yards and Mike Vanderjagt missed a 48-yard field that could have tied the game on the next play.  at Arizona (9/19):  Tallied five solo tackles, two sacks for nine yards and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals ... Sacked Josh McCown at the line of scrimmage late in the first quarter ... Tallied his second sack of the afternoon for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter ... Batted down a McCown pass at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter ... Deflected a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald late in the fourth quarter.  at Buffalo (10/3):  Registered four tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 31-17 victory over the Bills ... Batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage intended for Josh Reed in the fourth quarter.  Miami (10/10):  Registered two tackles in the Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Dolphins.  Seattle (10/17):  Notched a solo tackle and an interception in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks ... Teamed with Ty Warren to drop Matt Hasselbeck for a five-yard sack on the opening play of the game ... Intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass and returned it 27 yards setting up the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter ... Provided a strong pass rush, forcing Hasselbeck to intentionally ground the ball late in the fourth quarter.  N.Y. Jets (10/24):  Tallied three tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets ... Teamed with Richard Seymour to stonewall Curtis Martin for a 3-yard loss on third-and-five late in the fourth quarter.  at Pittsburgh (10/31):  Collected four tackles (2 solo) against the Steelers.  at St. Louis (11/7):  Tallied four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 40-22 road win against the Rams ... Sacked Marc Bulger while forcing the signal caller to fumble and loose ball was recovered by Jarvis Green at the New England 28-yard line ... Deflected a Bulger pass that was intercepted by Roman Phifer in the third quarter.  Buffalo (11/14):  Registered four tackles (3 solo), including a sack and a forced fumble in the Patriots' commanding 29-6 victory over the Bills ... Teamed with Mike Vrabel to stop Willis McGahee for no gain on a rush in the first quarter ... Combined with Tedy Bruschi to stuff Joe Burns for no gain on a rush off right guard in the fourth quarter ... Sacked J.P. Losman for a 2-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Roman Phifer.   at Kansas City (11/22):  Tallied five tackles (4 solo), including a sack in the Patriots' 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs ... Teamed with Keith Traylor to stop Derrick Blaylock for no gain on a rush in the first quarter ... Sealed the victory with a 10-yard sack of Trent Green on the Chiefs final play of the game.  Baltimore (11/28):  Registered two solo tackles in the Patriots' 24-3 victory over the Ravens ... Stuffed Alan Ricard for no gain on a pass in the flat in the first quarter.  at Cleveland (12/5):  Collected five solo tackles, including a sack in the Patriots' 42-15 victory over the Browns ... Stuffed William Green for a 2-yard loss on a rush off right guard in the second quarter ... Sacked Luke McCown for a 13-yard loss on fourth-and-17 in the third quarter.  Cincinnati (12/12):  Registered six tackles (3 solo) and a fumble recovery in the Patriots' AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals ... Recovered a Rudi Johnson fumble that was caused by Rodney Harrison deep in Patriots territory in the first quarter ... Teamed with Richard Seymour to stop Rudi Johnson for no gain on a rush up the middle in the fourth quarter.  at Miami (12/20):  Tied for the team lead with six tackles (3 solo), including a sack and a pass defensed ... Batted down an A.J. Feeley pass at the line of scrimmage that was intended for Chris Chambers in the third quarter ... Dropped Feeley for a 3-yard sack in the third quarter ... Teamed with Asante Samuel to stop Sammy Morris for no gain on a rush in the fourth quarter.  at N.Y. Jets (12/26):  Collected two solo tackles in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets ... Stuffed Curtis Martin for a 4-yard loss on a third-and-two rush in the first quarter.  San Francisco (1/2):  Registered four solo tackles including a sack in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers ... Dropped Ken Dorsey for a 6-yard sack late in the second quarter.

2004 Postseason (3/3/0/0):  Indianapolis (1/16):  Notched two solo tackles and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts ... Batted down a pass in the flat intended for Dallas Clark in the second quarter ... Stuffed Edgerrin James for a 1-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the third quarter ... Deflected a pass that was intended for James in the fourth quarter.  at Pittsburgh (1/23):  Recorded three tackles in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers ... Teamed with Vince Wilfork to stuff Jerome Bettis for a 1-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter.  Philadelphia (2/6): Registered two solo tackles in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX … Stonewalled Brian Westbrook for a 3-yard loss on a rush off left tackle.



2003 Season

2003 (14/11, 3/3): Was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career after starting 11 of 14 regular-season games and starting all three postseason games at outside linebacker … Finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks in the regular season … Led the NFL with five postseason sacks, including three in the divisional playoffs against the Titans (01/10) … Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following New England’s win over the N.Y. Jets (12/20) … Awarded the Levitra Play of the Week against Indianapolis (11/30). Philadelphia (9/14): Tallied two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Sacked Donovan McNabb for a five-yard loss in the fourth quarter … Forced McNabb to fumble on a seven-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Washington (9/28): Started at outside linebacker and finished the game with six tackles (5 solo), including a sack … Sacked Patrick Ramsey for a 10-yard loss. Denver (11/3): Stopped Clinton Portis for a three-yard loss in the second quarter. Dallas (11/16): Teamed with Bobby Hamilton to supply a strong outside pass rush that forced Quincy Carter to rush a throw that was intercepted by Ty Law deep in Patriots territory. Houston (11/23): Tallied a team-high and season-high 14 tackles (9 solo) … Notched four tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including three in overtime. Indianapolis (11/30): Started at outside linebacker and recorded five stops (4 solo) including a sack in the Patriots’ dramatic 38-34 win … Sealed the Patriots win by stopping Edgerrin James for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Miami (12/7): Notched two solo tackles, a sack and a pass defense in the Patriots’ AFC East clinching victory … Combined with Mike Vrabel to drop Jay Fiedler for a seven-yard sack in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/20): Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after tallying nine tackles (8 solo), 1.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown … Tipped a Pennington pass, caught his own deflection and rumbled 15 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter … Sacked Pennington and forced him to fumble at the start of the fourth quarter … Combined with Richard Seymour to sack Pennington for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Tennessee (1/10): Recorded seven solo tackles, including three sacks in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff victory … Sacked Steve McNair for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter … Sacked Frank Wycheck for a 10-yard loss after the tight end attempted to throw a pass in the third quarter … Dropped McNair for a three-yard sack in the third quarter. Indianapolis (1/18): Collected five solo tackles and a sack in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts … Dropped Peyton Manning for a seven-yard sack in the third quarter. Carolina (2/1): Registered four tackles, a sack and a pass defense in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVIII victory … Sacked Jake Delhomme for an 11-yard loss on third-and-12 at the beginning of the second quarter.


2002 Season

2002 (16/10): Played in all 16 games for the first time since 1999 and finished tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks (Richard Seymour) … Moved into fourth place on the Patriots all-time sacks list against Denver (10/27) and enters the 2003 season ranked fourth in team history with 57.0 career sacks … Finished the season with 62 tackles (42 solos) … Ranked second with 10 pass defensed … Snared his second career interception at Detroit (11/28). Pittsburgh (9/9): Started at defensive end and recorded six tackles, including a sack, as the Patriots defeated the Steelers 30-14 on Monday Night Football … Dropped Bettis for a loss of five yards … Sacked Kordell Stewart for a loss of nine yards. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Recorded a sack and batted down three passes as part of another strong defensive effort as New England beat the Jets, 44-7 … Sacked Jets quarterback Chad Pennington for a loss of four yards in the fourth quarter. Denver (10/27): Increased his career sack total to 54.5 and moved ahead of Ray Hamilton (54.0) into fourth place on the Patriots all-time sacks list when he dropped the Broncos’ Brian Griese for a loss of seven yards in the third quarter … Recorded a season-high eight tackles (5 solos). Buffalo (11/3): Recorded a season-high 1.5 sacks in the Patriots 38-7 win over the Bills in Buffalo … Teamed with Ted Johnson to sack Buffalo’s Drew Bledsoe for a 14-yard loss on third down on the Bills first possession of the game and sacked Bledsoe for a loss of eight yards in the second quarter. Chicago (11/10): Tied for the team lead with six solo tackles, including a stop of Chicago’s Anthony Thomas for no gain on second-and-one in the fourth quarter of the Patriots 33-30, come-from-behind win over the Bears … Set up the Patriots defense to come up with another big stop on the following play, halting the Bears short of gaining a game-ending first down and giving the Patriots offense an opportunity to score their game-winning touchdown. Detroit (11/28): Notched his first interception of the season and batted away a pass in the Patriots 20-12 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving. Miami (12/29): Made four tackles (3 solos) and recorded a sack in the Patriots come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime win over the Dolphins in the season finale … Sacked Jay Fiedler for a loss of six yards at the Miami six-yard line in the fourth quarter, pinning the Dolphins further into their own territory as the Patriots defense sent the game into overtime.


2001 Season

2001 (11/5, 3/1): Played in 11 games, including five starts and recorded 33 tackles (25 solos), two pass defenses and forced a fumble … Finished tied for second on the Patriots, along with Anthony Pleasant, with six sacks … Recorded three multiple sack games during the season, increasing his career number to 11 … Notched two sacks in back-to-back games (at Denver, 10/28 and at Atlanta 11/4) and became the first Patriot to record multiple sacks in consecutive weeks since Chris Slade accomplished the feat (9/12/93 and 9/19/93) … Tallied 11 tackles, including two sacks during the postseason. Denver (10/28): Started his first game of the season and was named Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game for his two-sack, five-tackle performance … Sacked Brian Griese for a two-yard loss and a 12-yard loss … Tackled Mike Anderson for a one-yard loss … Part of defensive front that held the Broncos to only 86 yards rushing on 29 carries (3.0 avg.). Atlanta (11/4): Started his second game of the season and earned his second consecutive Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game award with five tackles, including two sacks … Led the Patriots defensive assault on the Falcons quarterbacks as seven different defenders recorded a season-high nine sacks … Sacked Chris Chandler for a two-yard loss in the first quarter and again for a five-yard loss in the third quarter. Buffalo (11/11): Started at left defensive end and recorded five tackles (3 solos) as the Patriots defensive limited the Bills to only 241 total yards, including 69 yards rushing … McGinest was part of an impressive four tackles for losses … Teamed with Ted Johnson to tackle Travis Henry for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one … Took down Eric Moulds for a three-yard loss on a wide receiver screen in the third quarter … Teamed with Anthony Pleasant to tackle Henry for a two-yard loss and brought down Henry again on the following pass play for a one-yard loss. New Orleans (11/25): Notched four tackles, including a tackle of Ricky Williams for a one-yard loss along with Pleasant. Carolina (1/6): Collected four tackles, including his third multiple sack game of the season … Sacked Chris Weinke for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter … Tackled Richard Huntley on a halfback-option pass attempt for a sack and a five-yard loss in the third quarter … Forced Huntley to fumble on the play and the ball was recovered by Richard Seymour … Sack moved McGinest into fifth place on the Patriots all-time list with 51.5 career sacks. Oakland (1/19): Recorded one tackle and was part of defensive front that held the Raiders to just 77 yards rushing on 30 carries (2.6 avg.). Pittsburgh (1/27): Started at outside linebacker and tied for third with six tackles (5 solos) as the Patriots limited the Steelers to just 58 yards rushing on 22 carries (2.6 avg.) … Sacked Kordell Stewart for a two-yard loss and forced a Steelers punt … Teamed with Bobby Hamilton to tackle Jerome Bettis for a two-yard loss. St. Louis (2/3): Tallied four tackles (3 solos), including a 16-yard sack of Kurt Warner … Combined with Bryan Cox to tackle Marshall Faulk for a one-yard loss.

2000 Season

2000 (14/14): Voted defensive co-captain for 2000 season by teammates … Started in 14 games at defensive end and recorded 63 tackles (45 solos) ... Led team (along with Greg Spires) with six sacks ... It was the fourth time in his ninth year career, he led the team in sacks. Tampa Bay (9/3): Recorded eight tackles (7 solos) including his first sack of the season ... Sacked Shaun King on third-and-seven, deep in Buccaneers territory for 11-yard loss forcing a punt. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Stopped Curtis Martin for a 1-yard loss … Part of defensive unit which limited Jets rushing attack to 59 yards. Minnesota (9/17): Credited with five tackles (4 solos) before leaving in second quarter with injury to left leg. Denver (10/1): Recorded a sack and forced a fumble, which he recovered, on the fourth play of game ... The Patriots scored on their next possession and went on to score 21 of the game’s first 24 points on their way to a 28-19 victory. N.Y. Jets (10/15): Recorded six tackles, including three for losses ... Dropped both Wayne Chrebet and Curtis Martin for 3-yard losses ... Sacked Vinny Testaverde, his third of the season. Buffalo (11/5): Credited with six tackles and recovered Doug Flutie’s fumble, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the first half. Chicago (12/10): Tied career-high with eight solo tackles, including three for loss. Buffalo (12/17): Dropped both Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie, for his eighth career multiple sack game. Miami (12/24): Sacked Jay Fiedler for his sixth of the season, tying him with Greg Spires for the team lead ... Four of his six sacks during the season were against AFC East rivals.

1999 Season

1999 (16/16): Started every game for the Patriots for the first time in three seasons ... Led the team with nine quarterback sacks, the third highest total of his career and the most since he had 9.5 in 1996 ... Finished the season with 84 total tackles, which ranked seventh on the team ... Forced one fumble and had two fumble recoveries ... Applied constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which was critical to the success of the Patriots defense, which ranked eighth in the league overall ... It was the best ranking since 1988. N.Y. Jets (9/12): Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in a 30-28 victory over the Jets to open the season ... Registered six tackles, including two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another ... Recovered a fumble, forced by Steve Israel, in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter ... It was the second touchdown of his career ... His two sacks tied his career high ... It was the fifth time of his career to have recorded a pair of sacks in a game, the first since 1995 (at Indianapolis) ... His second sack gave him 32.5 for his career and moved him into a 10th place tie among the Patriots all-time sack leaders. Indianapolis (9/19): Recorded seven tackles to lead all defensive linemen. N.Y. Giants (9/26): Named defensive co-captain for the game ... Combined with Tedy Bruschi to stop Kent Graham on a fourth-and-one attempt at the Patriots 41-yard line in the third quarter … The Patriots responded with an 11-play, 58-yard scoring drive ... Limited the Giants to 258 yards in net offense, including just 57 yards rushing. Cleveland (10/2): Recorded his third sack of the season when he dropped Tim Couch for a 3-yard loss ... It was the 33.5 sack of his career ... Dropped Ronnie Powell on a reverse for a 14-yard loss ... Limited the Browns to just 250 net yards, including 180 net yards passing. Miami (10/17): Added 1.5 sacks to his total during the Patriots hit parade on Damon Huard, who was sacked nine times in the game ... His 1.5 sacks increased his career total to 35 ... Finished the game with seven tackles (5 solos). Denver (10/24): Recorded a sack in his second-straight game, 5.5 for the season ... The sack was one of three tackles in the game. Arizona (10/31): Credited with half a sack ... Moved ahead of Garin Veris into ninth place among the Patriots all-time leading sack artists ... Registered five tackles and applied constant pressure while limiting the Cardinals to just 90 net yards passing, the lowest allowed all season. N.Y. Jets (11/15): Named defensive co-captain for the game and finished the game with eight tackles, including seven solo stops. Miami (11/21): Recorded his seventh sack of the season with another Huard sack (2.5 of those sacks were vs. Huard) ... Broke Huard’s nose on the play, forcing him to the sidelines for the remainder of the game ... Finished the game with five total tackles. Dallas (12/5): Recorded his eighth sack of the season and helped shut down the Cowboys’ rushing attack, limiting them to just 63 yards rushing on 23 carries (2.7 avg.) ... The Cowboys entered the game with the second-rated rushing attack in the NFL ... The Patriots claimed their first victory in franchise history against Dallas with a 24-23 win. Philadelphia (12/19): Recorded a season-high with nine total tackles against the Eagles. Baltimore (1/2/00): Recovered his second fumble of the season and dropped Tony Banks for his ninth sack of the season to help the Patriots close out the regular season with a 20-3 victory over the Ravens ... It was the third game of the season that the defense did not allow a touchdown.

1998 Season

1998 (9/8, 1/1): Started the first six games of the season before being sidelined by a nagging groin injury which kept him out of the lineup for seven of the next nine games … Started eight of nine regular season games and the Patriots playoff game at Jacksonville (1/3/99) … Finished the season with 24 tackles and ranked fourth on the team with 3.5 sacks … Opened the season with five tackles in each of his first two games, including five solo stops with a sack vs. Indianapolis (9/13) … Shared a sack vs. Tennessee (9/20) … Extended a consecutive game sack streak to three games with a sack at New Orleans (10/4) … Sacked Vinny Testaverde for a 9-yard loss before leaving the game with an injury vs. the Jets (10/19) … Recorded those 3.5 sacks in the first six games of the season, a pace which would have given him 9.5 for the season, before suffering a groin injury vs. the Jets … Listed among the Patriots inactives prior to seven games; at Miami (10/25), at Indianapolis (11/1), vs. Atlanta (11/8), vs. Miami (11/23), vs. Buffalo (11/29), at St. Louis (12/13) and vs. San Francisco (12/20) … Returned for the season finale at the N.Y. Jets (12/27) and recorded four tackles … Played the following week at Jacksonville (1/3/99) and provided three solo stops.

1997 Season

1997 (11/11, 2/2): McGinest missed five of the first six games due to injuries ... Missed the first two games of the season while rehabilitating a hamstring injury, which he suffered in the final preseason game ... Returned in Week Three, but injured his right knee and missed the next three games ... Started every game he appeared in, including both playoff games … Finished the season with 35 total tackles, 10th on the team, including a pair of sacks ... Batted down one pass and recovered three fumbles … Made his first start of the season vs. the Jets (9/14) ... Recorded three tackles and recovered a Neil O'Donnell fumble (forced by Chris Slade) before suffering a knee sprain in the fourth quarter which forced him to the sidelines and caused him to miss the next three games ... Returned to the starting lineup at New York Jets (10/19) ... Recorded a season-high five tackles at Minnesota, but left the game with a sprained ankle ... Posted his first sack of the season when he dropped Alex Van Pelt for a loss of 8-yards at Buffalo (11/9) ... Named defensive team captain vs. Miami (11/23) ... Recorded his second sack of the season vs. Indianapolis (11/30) ... Tied his season-high with five hits and a fumble recovery at Jacksonville (12/7) ... Excelled in the playoffs, leading the Patriots with 2.5 sacks in the postseason ... Ranked third with 11 tackles in two games ... Registered six tackles, including 1.5 sacks in the divisional playoff game at Pittsburgh (1/3/98).

1996 Season

1996 (16/16, 3/3): McGinest started every game for the Patriots, including each of the playoff games, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in his first season at defensive end ... He finished the year with 67 total tackles, fifth on the team ... He led the team for the second consecutive season with 9.5 sacks for 62.5 yards ... He grabbed his first career interception and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown in a come-from-behind victory over Buffalo (10/27) ... It was one of nine passes defensed on the year, which led all defensive lineman and ranked third on the team ... He earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his performances during the month of October when he combined for 21 tackles, including four sacks, one interception and three passes defensed to help the Patriots complete a 3-1 record during the month ... Registered a season-high with eight tackles (5 solos), including a pair of sacks, vs. Miami (11/3) ... Opened the season with three solo stops at Miami (9/1) and had an apparent sack and a forced fumble taken away when the play was ruled an incomplete pass ... Recorded his first sack of the season at Buffalo (9/8) and totaled four tackles in the game ... Batted away three passes, a career-high, and finished the game with three tackles vs. Jacksonville (9/22) ... Recorded seven tackles, including his second sack of the season vs. Washington (10/13) when he stripped Gus Frerotte of the ball, forcing his first fumble of the year ... Recorded a pair of fourth quarter sacks at Indianapolis (10/20), including one that forced Jim Harbaugh to leave the game with a broken nose ... Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 8 performance vs. Buffalo (10/27) when he posted seven tackles (5 solos), including a sack for 8 yards, had two passes defensed and returned his first career interception 46 yards for a touchdown ... Sacked Dan Marino twice, forcing a fourth quarter fumble on the second hit vs. Miami (11/3) ... Posted his eighth sack of the season in the 10th game of the year when he dropped Frank Reich for a 1-yard loss at the Jets (11/10), which capped a five-game stretch in which he dominated play, totaling 35 tackles and seven sacks ... Shared a sack with Scooter McGruder and recovered a fumble in the end zone for his second touchdown of the season at San Diego (12/1) ... Nearly scored a safety when he hit Leonard Russell in his own end zone, but was officially ruled down just across the goal line ... Credited with seven tackles, including his final sack of the season at Dallas (12/15) when he dropped Troy Aikman for a 7-yard loss ... Ranked fifth on the team during the postseason with 16 total tackles, including a sack ... Registered five tackles in each of the first two playoff games in Foxboro ... Applied continuous pressure on Mark Brunell in the AFC Championship Game victory over Jacksonville (1/12/97) ... Credited with six tackles and a sack vs. Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI (1/26/97).

1995 Season

1995 (16/16): McGinest started every game for the Patriots at left outside linebacker and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in just his second NFL season ... Led the team and finished fifth in the AFC with 11 sacks ... His 11 sacks were the most by a Patriot since Andre Tippett’s 12.5 sacks in 1987 and tied Garin Veris (1986) for fourth place among the Patriots all-time single-season sack leaders ... Finished fourth on the team with 88 total tackles, including 70 solo stops ... Recorded six passes defensed, leading all non-defensive backs in that category ... He was credited with four solo tackles, a forced fumble and a pass batted down at Atlanta (10/1) ... Recorded his first sack of the season when he dropped Denver’s John Elway for a 5-yard loss (10/8) for one of his six tackles on the day ... Registered eight solo tackles, including two Jim Kelly sacks, and made a hit for a loss on fourth-and-one from the Patriots 30-yard line in a 27-14 victory vs. Buffalo (10/23) ... Followed with a career-high 11 tackles vs. Carolina (10/29), marking his first career double-digit tackle performance ... Sacked Dan Marino twice and forced a fumble in a 24-17 victory over Miami (11/12) ... He was selected the Staples Star Player of the Game for his six-tackle performance vs. Indianapolis (11/19) ... Recorded his sixth sack of the season and his third against Jim Kelly with a solo effort in a 35-25 victory at Buffalo (11/26) ... Went on a season-ending streak, recording 15 solo tackles and five sacks in the final three games of the season, including multiple sack performances vs. the Jets (12/10) and at Indianapolis (12/23).

1994 Season

1994 (16/7, 1/1): Started seven of the last eight regular season games and the Patriots playoff game at Cleveland (1/1/95) at left outside linebacker after platooning with Dwayne Sabb during the first half of his rookie season ... Finished the season with 43 total tackles (29 solos) and ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks to earn All-Rookie recognition by Pro Football Weekly and College and Pro Football Newsweekly ... Selected by the 1776 Quarterback Club as their 1994 Rookie of the Year ... Made his Patriots preseason debut vs. New Orleans (8/5) and recorded three quarterback sacks in the first three quarters before suffering a pulled hamstring ... Slowed by the injury throughout the preseason and did not win the starting OLB position until midseason ... Platooned at OLB in the season opener at Miami (9/4) ... Made an assist on a sack in the home opener vs. Buffalo’s Jim Kelly (9/11), his first career sack ... Recorded his first career unassisted sack and recovered his first fumble the following week at Cincinnati (9/18) ... Made his first career start at Cleveland (11/6) and made five stops (four solos) ... Registered seven tackles the following week in the Patriots 26-20 overtime victory vs. Minnesota (11/13) ... Made eight tackles (four solos), including a sack, vs. Indianapolis (12/11) ... Made four stops and added another sack in the season finale at Chicago (12/24) in a 13-3 victory ... Posted eight tackles (five solos), a sack and knocked down three passes in the Patriots playoff game at Cleveland (1/1/95) to earn Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game.

Extra Points

Willie is dedicated to his hometown of Long Beach, Calif., maintaining a strong bond with the community through his longstanding charitable efforts and civic involvement. He was honored this past offseason when the city council declared on May 3, 2005 that every year, May 3 will be recognized as Willie McGinest Day in Long Beach.

During the 2004 holiday season, Willie sponsored "Shop with a Jock," an event that gave 50 Boston-area children the opportunity to go on a $100 shopping spree with Willie and his teammates.

Willie owns an entertainment company in Los Angeles called "55 Entertainment."