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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.
He 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.
McKinnie 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:
Bryant has also been active off of the field:
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!
2016, Bill Gordon Mt. Holly Pro Day