Anthony McFarland, better known as Booger Mcfarland, is a former professional footballer who turned pro after being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1999 National Football League (NFL). The defensive tackle played college football at Louisiana State University, and about seven years after he was drafted by the Buccaneers, he switched to and played for the Indianapolis Colts until his career came to an abrupt end due to a knee injury.
During the time he played professionally, Booger Mcfarland won two Super Bowl rings – the first was Super Bowl XXXVII while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the second was Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. After the end of his career, he switched to the media and currently works as a consultant and color analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts.
Booger Mcfarland Bio
The former American football star was born Anthony Darelle McFarland on December 18, 1977, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, USA. In his opinion, he became a bad child from the age of two, and as a result of his bad behavior, he was called a “booger” by his mother and teased for it by his sister. His friends soon joined in calling him “Booger” after hearing his sister call him by his nickname.
The climax of Anthony McFarland’s display of a bad child character was when he set fire to his family’s garbage heap while his mother was out, turning the house almost to ashes. By the age of 12/13, McFarland’s bad behavior had disappeared, 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. After graduating, he continued his studies at Louisiana State University, where he played football for the LSU Tigers from 1995 to 1998. In his first year, he started every game as a defensive tackle and finished the season with a record 73 tackles. It wasn’t long before his ability to double his performance on the fullback position in short tasks made him a favorite of football fans.
From his sophomore year until the end of his college career, Booger McFarland remained a defensive tackle and contributed to winning the 1996 Peach Bowl and the 1997 Independence Bowl, in addition to his promotion to defensive Most Valuable Player of the 1996 Peach Bowl SEC. Although 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 the All-SEC and All-America honors of the first team and played in the 1999 Senior Bowl.
In 1999, Booger was voted 15th overall in the Draft of the Year by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played with them for eight seasons, recording a total of 305 tackles and 20 sacks in 84 games, and won the Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. The defensive tackle was finally sold to the Indianapolis Colts on October 17, 2006, and helped the Colts win 29-17 over the Chicago Bears. This resulted in his second Super Bowl ring. Unfortunately, his career ended after he injured his knee at the next training camp.
Booger McFarland continued his athletic career and switched to the media industry, starting with a radio show on CBS radio station 98.7 The Fan, which he hosted with Marc Ryan. After the show was canceled in December 2014, he took a job as a football analyst at SEC Network that same year. Before taking a part-time job as an analyst and consultant for ESPN’s Monday Night Football shows, the former star worked on the sidelines 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 contract for $36 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an average annual salary of $6 million. In 2003, he signed a six-year contract extension with the team worth $34 million, including a $9.5 million signing bonus and a guaranteed salary of $7.9 million in 2004.
An attempt to restructure the five-year professional’s contract failed because he refused to accept a reported offer of $30 million because the Buccaneers wanted to put 40 percent of the money aside over the last two years. From 2018, the former player is expected to have an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Booger Mcfarland’s Family: Wife & Kids
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 who signed the Covenant for Life in 2008. Their union is blessed with two children – a daughter named Alexis and a son named Jacob.