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Bryant McKinnie
No. 74     Minnesota Vikings
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23) (age 30)
Place of birth: Woodbury, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2002 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2009
Games played     108
Games started     107
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at NFL.com

Bryant McKinnie (born September 23, 1979 in Woodbury, New Jersey,[1]) is an American football offensive tackle currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

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College career

After prep football at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, NJ, McKinnie played for two years at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There, he gained 70 pounds and converted from his high school position as defensive lineman to offensive tackle. After junior college, he received a scholarship with the University of Miami Hurricanes.

After redshirting in 1999, McKinnie started his junior and senior years at left tackle for UM. During his career he was an extraordinary blocking tackle, not allowing a sack on a quarterback his entire collegiate career. He even managed to prevent future NFL star Dwight Freeney from recording a sack for Syracuse. McKinnie was however penalized for holding Freeney on one play, a rare blemish on his memorable season. McKinnie was named as an All-American in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2001, McKinnie was the winner of the Outland Trophy, finished 8th overall in voting for the 2001 Heisman Trophy, was the CNN Sports Illustrated "Player of the Year" and a key part of the Hurricanes' 2001 National Championship. Also at UM, he was a roommate with current NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey.

In the September 2006 issue of FHM magazine, McKinnie was one of five University of Miami alumni prominently featured in an article titled: "University of Miami Hit Squad: The Hurricanes are Taking Over the NFL. Deal with it." In the article, McKinnie said: "If you put together a team made up of guys playing in the NFL who come from the University of Miami, we'd be playing in the Super Bowl this season. And I think we'd win."

McKinnie majored in marine biology at the University of Miami, and graduated Suma Cum-Laude.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnie was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft. McKinnie started every game for Minnesota from 2003-2007, and has a streak of 80 consecutive games started.

In February 2006, the Vikings were considering trading quarterback Daunte Culpepper and McKinnie told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "We already made one mistake (trading former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss). Don't do it twice (by trading Culpepper). If that's the case, let me go." Culpepper was traded shortly afterwards to the Miami Dolphins but McKinnie re-signed with the Vikings regardless.

Boat cruise scandal

In October 2005, McKinnie was charged with a misdemeanor for his involvement in the 2005 Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal. McKinnie allegedly picked up a naked woman, placing her on the bar and performed cunnilingus on her in front of the crew and other guests. Later that evening McKinnie and three other men were spotted sitting in deck chairs receiving fellatio from four women, which was also observed by the crew in a public area of the boat.[2]

On May 26, 2006, McKinnie pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance on a watercraft in connection with the Love Boat scandal. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, in addition to community service, he would participate in numerous service events this season. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said fines were likely, but he said McKinnie won't be suspended.

On September 9, 2006, the NFL announced that it would fine McKinnie and fellow Viking Fred Smoot one game check for the incident. For McKinnie, the fine will amount to approximately $41,000 and should bring the matter to complete resolution. A day after the fine was levied, McKinnie was given a raise and a seven year extension of his contract worth $48 million.

Community Service

On June 8, 2008 the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation welcomed Bryant McKinnie as their newest ambassador to the foundation. The foundation was inspired and established by Dr. Nelson Mandela over a decade ago with the help of some of the world's most famous athletes, among them Dan Marino, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Nadia Comaneci, & Gale Sayers.

During the weekend of May 17 in Miami, McKinnie hosted the Laureus Foundation’s Third Annual Celebrity Fundraiser along with NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and Olympic Track and Field Gold Medalist Edwin Moses. More than thirty greats of golf, tennis, football, hockey, and the Olympics joined McKinnie for the fundraiser which, along with the foundation’s golf and tennis invitational, raised more than $150,000 to support the formation of CampInteractive’s South Florida chapter benefitting at-risk teens.

McKinnie, in conjunction with the Minneapolis, St. Paul Fund started the Bryant D. McKinnie fund which provides grants and scholarships to under-privileged children who come from single parent homes.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brad Badger
Minnesota Vikings Starting Left Tackles
2002–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Henderson
Outland Trophy Winners
2001
Succeeded by
Rien Long

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