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Mike McMahon
No. 8     California Redwoods
Personal information
Date of birth: February 8, 1979 (1979-02-08) (age 30)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Debuted in 2001 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
 As player:
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2007
TD-INT     15-21
Yards     2,867
QB Rating     55.1
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
TD-INT     1-4
Passing yards     205
Completion Percentage     45.7
Stats at
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Michael Edward "Mike" McMahon (born February 8, 1979 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback for the California Redwoods of the United Football League.


Early years

McMahon starred at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

College career

McMahon attended college at Rutgers University. He is third all time passing and started all four years (1997-2000). He was the first Scarlet Knight quarterback to be drafted.

Professional career


Detroit Lions

McMahon was drafted in the fifth round in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He made eight appearances and started three games for Detroit in his rookie campaign, leading them to their first victory of the season against the Minnesota Vikings on December 16, 2001. Detroit drafted University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington with their first pick in the ensuing NFL Draft, relegating McMahon to a back-up role until his contract expired in 2005.

Philadelphia Eagles

McMahon signed with Philadelphia during the offseason, reuniting him with former Lions' Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg, who was now working as the Eagles' Assistant Head Coach. With Donovan McNabb out in 2005 after season-ending hernia surgery, McMahon took over the reins of the Eagles for the remainder of the season. On December 24, 2005 he became the first Eagles quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a single game since Randall Cunningham in 1992. After taking over for McNabb, McMahon compiled a record of two wins and five losses in the games he started. His quarterback rating was 55.2 for the season.

Minnesota Vikings

McMahon was released a week after the Eagles signed quarterback Jeff Garcia. He was then signed by the Minnesota Vikings on March 23, 2006 - a move which reunited him with current Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was previously the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. McMahon lost a training camp battle for the third-string job with fellow quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger. He was cut on September 2, 2006 after posting a 23.7 passer rating in the preseason - the 2nd worst in the league. He was worked out by the Cleveland Browns a few days later but not signed.

Toronto Argonauts

On February 20, 2007, McMahon signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. McMahon started the 2007 CFL season as the third-string quarterback despite a strong showing in the pre-season. However, an injury to Michael Bishop bumped McMahon to starting quarterback. His stint as a starter lasted only two games before being replaced by Damon Allen as the acting starting quarterback for the team.

Montréal Alouettes

On September 9, 2007, McMahon signed with the Montréal Alouettes. In return, the Toronto Argonauts received a sixth round draft pick in the 2008 CFL draft (used to select WR Tyler Scott). McMahon was cut on October 15 without having appeared in a game.

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