Anthony McFarland, better known as Booger Mcfarland, is a former professional American football player who went pro after he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1999 National Football League (NFL) draft. The defensive tackle played college football at Louisiana State University and about seven years after he was drafted by the Buccaneers, he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and played for them until his career came to an abrupt end due to a knee injury.
Within the period he played professionally, Booger Mcfarland won two Super Bowl rings – the first being the Super Bowl XXXVII while he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the second being the Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. Following the end of his career, he switched over to the media and currently works as a consultant and color analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecasts.
Booger Mcfarland Bio
The former American football star was born as Anthony Darelle McFarland on the 18th of December 1977, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, the United States. According to him, he became a bad kid from the time he was two years of age and as a result of his bad behavior, his mother referred to him as “booger” and his sister teased him for it. His friends soon joined in calling him “booger” after they heard his sister calling him by the nickname.
The peak of Anthony McFarland’s exhibition of a bad child character was when he set his family’s rubbish pile on fire while his mother had gone out, almost reducing the house to ashes. At the age of 12/13, McFarland’s bad behavior had dwindled but he had earned a nickname that would remain with him for the rest of his life.
Booger McFarland was a student at Winnsboro High school in Los Angeles. Upon his graduation, he continued his studies at the Louisiana State University where he played football with the LSU Tigers from 1995 to 1998, starting every game as a defensive tackle in his freshman year and ending the season with a record of 73 tackles. It was not long before his ability to pull double-duty at the fullback position for short-yardage plays made him a favorite of crowd of football lovers.
From his sophomore year until the end of his college career, Booger McFarland remained a defensive tackle and contributed to the team’s 1996 Peach Bowl and 1997 Independence Bowl wins in addition to his emergence as the 1996 Peach Bowl SEC Defensive Most Valuable Player. Even though the LSU Tigers performed very poorly in the 1998 season, Booger McFarland was named defensive co-captain in his senior year. He also earned both first-team All-SEC and All-America honors and played in the 1999 Senior Bowl.
In 1999, Booger was picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 15th overall pick in that year’s draft. He played with them for eight seasons, recording a total of 305 tackles and 20 sacks in 84 games and winning Super Bowl XXXVII in the year 2002. The defensive tackle was eventually traded to the Indianapolis Colts on October 17, 2006, and he helped the Colts to a 29–17 win over the Chicago Bears. This gave rise to his second Super Bowl ring. Sadly, his career came to an end after he got injured on his knee the next training camp.
Continuing in the line of sports, Booger McFarland moved into the media industry, beginning with a radio show on CBS radio station 98.7 The Fan which he co-hosted with Marc Ryan. After the show was canceled in December 2014, he took up a football analyst job in SEC Network the same year. Prior to working as a sideline analyst and consultant for ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecasts, the former gridiron star worked as a part-time guest analyst on the sports-talk radio show, Mike & Mike.
Salary and Net Worth
In 1999, he signed a six-year $36 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an annual average salary of $6 million. In 2003, he signed a 6-year contract extension with the team worth $34 million, including $9.5 million signing bonus and a guaranteed salary of $7.9 million in 2004.
An attempt to restructure the fifth-year pro’s contract failed as he refused to accept a reported $30 million offer because the Buccaneers wanted to backload 40 percent of the money in the final two years. As of 2018, the former player was said to have an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Booger Mcfarland’s Family (Wife and Son)
Booger McFarland is married to Tammie McFarland. They met in 1999 at the wedding of Booger’s LSU teammate Anthony Skinner, whose wife is Tammie’s cousin and tied the knot in 2008. Their union is blessed with two children- a daughter named Alexis and a son named Jacob.