Bryant McKinnie, Mt. Holly Pro Day 2016 Honoree


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Bryant McKinnie is the Mt. Holly Pro Day inductee for 2016.

Born September 23, 1979 in Woodbury, New Jersey, Bryant attended Woodbury High School and played as a defensive lineman for the Thundering Herd. Chosen to be captain his senior year, he helped the team to an 8-2 mark and a berth in the state playoffs. Bryant also lettered twice in track and field, running the 400 meters and participating in the shot put & discus events.

An impressive 6 feet 8 inches tall, McKinnie played college football first at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There, he gained 70 pounds and switched to the offensive tackle position.

University of Miami HurricanesHe received a scholarship to transfer to the University of Miami where he started for the Hurricanes in his junior and senior years. He was an extraordinary blocking tackle, not allowing a sack on a quarterback.

McKinnie received first-team All-American honors in 2000, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2001. Also in 2001, he won the Outland Trophy, finished 8th overall in voting for the Heisman Trophy, was the CNN Sports Illustrated "Player of the Year" and a key part of the Hurricanes' 2001 National Championship.

McKinnie entered the NFL 2002 Draft where he was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie started every game for Minnesota from 2003 to 2007, and had a streak of 80 consecutive games started.

Bryant was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl following the 2009 season, but didn't play in the game due to injuries and illness.

In the summer of 2011, McKinnie was placed on the Vikings' injury list and eventually released on August 2, 2011.

Baltimore RavensMcKinnie was then signed by the Baltimore Ravens on August 24, 2011. McKinnie saw limited playing time during the 2012 regular season, but he would go on to start at left tackle every play during the Ravens' 2012–13 NFL Playoffs run that culminated with a 34–31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

On October 21, 2013, The Ravens traded McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late-round draft pick for the 2015 NFL draft. McKinnie was signed to take over immediately at left tackle for the Dolphins, who had problems with pass protection all season at the tackle positions.

Bryant's outstanding football honors and awards include:

  • 2x First Team All American (2000, 2001)
  • 2x First Team All-Big East (2000, 2001)
  • Outland Trophy (2001)
  • Jim Parker Award (2001)
  • 8th overall in voting for the Heisman Trophy (2001)
  • CNN Sports Illustrated "Player of the Year" (2001)
  • National Champions 2001 (Miami Hurricanes)
  • Pro-Bowl selection (2009)
  • AFC Champion (Baltimore Ravens 2012)
  • Super Bowl XLVII Champion (Baltimore Ravens 2012)
  • Inducted to University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (2012)

Bryant has also been active off of the field:

  • Hosted celebrity basketball game benefiting Woodbury High School and breast cancer research (2009)
  • Collaborated with Serena and Venus Williams to host a fundraising tennis event.
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Mall of America (2008)
  • Hosted celebrity fundraiser to benefit Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an organization started by Dr. Nelson Mandela that helps needy children worldwide through the positive power of sport (2008)

Today, Bryant owns a record label, B Major Music Group, and is founder and president of BMajor Foundation—dedicated to Empowering Single Parent Households and Educating the Youth on Issues of HIV and AIDS.

We salute Bryant McKinnie for his achievements both on and off of the football field!

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