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Paul McDonald
McDonald walks the sidelines before a game between USC and UVA, 2008.
Jersey #(s)
16, 14
Born February 23, 1958 (1958-02-23) (age 51)
Montebello, California
Career information
Year(s) 19801987
NFL Draft 1980 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
College Southern California
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 24-37
Yards 5,269
QB Rating 65.7
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Paul Brian McDonald (born February 23, 1958 in Montebello, California) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback in 1984.


College career

McDonald was a 1979 All-American at the University of Southern California; the 1978 team won a share of the national championship.

Professional career

A left-handed thrower, he played professional football in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys. After replacing Brian Sipe late in the strike-shortened 1982 season, McDonald started for the Browns in the first round of the playoffs, ultimately losing to the Oakland Raiders 30-14.


McDonald now does radio color commentary for USC Trojans football games and lives in Newport Beach, California. He has won several awards for being the best radio color analyst given yearly by the prestigious Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.


His son Mike McDonald was the third string quarterback during the USC Trojans' 2005 season.

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Preceded by
Willie Banks
Robert W. Dugas
Steve Fuller
Dan Harrigan
James J. Kovach
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1980
Gregory Kelser
Paul B. McDonald
R. Scott Neilson
Steadman S. Shealy
Marc D. Wilson
Succeeded by
Darrell Griffith
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
Preceded by
Trish Millines Dziko
Bruce Furniss
Virginia Gilder
Stacey Johnson
Gregory Kelser
Kellen Winslow
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2005
Mark Johnson
Gary Lawrence
Paul McDonald
Greg Meredith
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Dave Stoldt
Succeeded by
Valerie Ackerman
Danny Ainge
Charles Davis
Terry Schroeder
Mike Singletary
Susan Wellington
Preceded by
Brian Sipe
Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Gary Danielson
Preceded by
Rob Hertel
USC Trojans Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Gordon Adams


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