PRO: Gerald McRath is a smart, athletic linebacker that made an immediate impact in his first two seasons, appearing in 28 total games with 12 starts at outside linebacker. In his brief NFL career, he has gained a reputation as a sound tackler with great leadership qualities.
• In 2010, McRath played in 12 games (seven starts) and posted totals of 60 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
• Appeared in all 16 games with five starts at outside linebacker as a rookie in 2009 and posted 38 tackles, an interception, a pass defensed and nine special teams stops.
• Collected his first career NFL interception by picking off a Matt Hasselbeck pass in the regular season finale against Seattle (1/3/10).
• At the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, the fastest time among all linebackers.
• McRath received the key to the city of Hattiesburg during a ceremony in July 2011. He has been a community leader and volunteer throughout the years, including his stay at Southern Miss.
• Although he attended Southern Miss for five years, McRath had one year of NCAA eligibility remaining when he declared for the NFL Draft in 2009. After redshirting as a true freshman, he suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the 2006 season and was granted a medical redshirt. Having already received his degree in sports administration, he decided to go to the NFL after the 2008
• McRath considers himself a cartoon aficionado. Among many favorites, he’s particularly a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants.
• McRath is no stranger to hard work. He was a cashier at a Winn-Dixie supermarket from ninth to 11th grade, spent two summers in college unloading trucks at Lowe’s and spent another summer working at a car auction in Hattiesburg.
• During the 2012 offseason, McRath coached a YMCA tee ball team. His group of children, ages 3 and 4, was called the Oreos.
• McRath loves spending time in the community and mentoring kids. During the 2012 offseason, he volunteered to spend time with children one day per week at Safe Haven Family Shelter.
• In April 2012, McRath and Titans assistant special teams coach Chet Parlavecchio participated in Dancing for Safe Haven, a celebrity dancing competition that raises money and awareness for the
Nashville charity Safe Haven, which works to reduce family homelessness in Middle Tennessee.
• The Powder Springs, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
2011 (12/0): Appeared in 12 games as a reserve and posted 14 tackles and a pass defensed. Collected four special teams tackles. Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles once in 2011 (at JAX)
• Was inactive for four games, including the final three contests.
• At Jacksonville (9/11), saw action as a reserve at linebacker and posted four solo tackles. Tied for the team lead with two special teams stops.
• Against Baltimore (9/18), played in a reserve role at linebacker and tallied a tackle. Pinned the Ravens deep in their own territory by downing Brett Kern’s 33-yard punt at the Baltimore four-yard
line in the opening stanza. Collected a special teams tackle on coverage units.
• Against Denver (9/25), saw action as a reserve linebacker in nickel packages.
• At Pittsburgh (10/9), saw action as a reserve on special teams.
• Against Houston (10/23), saw time as a reserve on special teams coverage units and limited action as a linebacker.
• Against Indianapolis (10/30), saw significant action as a reserve linebacker and posted five tackles and a pass defensed. Ended a Colts’ drive by knocking down a fourth-and-four pass intended for
Pierre Garcon late in the fourth quarter.
• Against Cincinnati (11/6), saw action as a reserve linebacker and notched a tackle. Tallied a special teams tackle on coverage units.
• At Carolina (11/13), played as a reserve at linebacker and tallied two solo tackles. Recovered the Panthers’ onside kick to start the second half.
• Against New Orleans (12/11), saw limited action on special teams before leaving the game early in the first quarter with an injury.
2010 (12/7): Appeared in 12 games with seven starts at linebacker and collected 60 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Placed on the Reserve/Suspended list for the first four games of the regular season.
• At Dallas (10/10), posted eight tackles in his first appearance of the season.
• At Jacksonville (10/18), recorded first start of the season and posted five tackles, a stop for loss and a quarterback pressure. Stuffed Deji Karim for a one-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the third quarter.
• At San Diego (10/31), tied a career high with 10 tackles and added a pass defensed.
• Against Washington (11/21), recorded six tackles, including a tackle for loss. Stuffed Keiland Williams for a three-yard loss on a rush off right end in the first quarter.
• Against Jacksonville (12/5), tied a career high with 10 tackles, including a half sack. Combined with William Hayes to drop David Garrard for a seven-yard sack on third-and-six in the third quarter.
• Against Houston (12/19), registered four tackles, including his first career solo sack. Came on an outside blitz and sacked Matt Schaub for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.
2009 (16/5): Collected 38 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed, while posting nine special teams tackles on coverage units. Made his first career NFL start at San Francisco (11/8/09). Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles three times in 2009 (vs. HST, vs. IND, at IND).
• At San Francisco (11/8), made his first career start at linebacker and recorded six tackles in the Titans’ 34-27 victory. Sealed the win by recovering the 49ers’ onside kick with 38 seconds remaining in the game.
• At Houston (11/23), started at outside linebacker and posted four tackles in the Titans’ 20-17 Monday Night Football victory.
• Against Miami (12/20), started at outside linebacker and posted a career-high 10 tackles in the Titans’ 27-24 overtime win. Teamed with Kevin Vickerson to stuff Lousaka Polite for a one-yard loss on a rush up the middle on third-and-two in the third quarter. Collected a special teams stop on coverage units.
• Against San Diego (12/25), started at outside linebacker and notched eight tackles.
• At Seattle (1/3), started at outside linebacker and registered six tackles and his first career interception in the Titans’ season-ending 17-13 victory. Sealed the victory by intercepting a Matt Hasselbeck pass intended for Justin Forsett late in the fourth quarter.
• McRath started 25 of 36 career games for the Golden Eagles, including 21 starts at middle linebacker and four at strong-side linebacker.
• Posted 386 career tackles, ranking third in USM history and eighth on the Conference USA record list. His tackle total ranked third among active major college players at the conclusion of 2008.
• Collected 32.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one interception, seven passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
• As a junior in 2008, earned All-Conference USA first-team honors from league’s coaches. Started all 13 games at middle linebacker, leading league and ranking 10th in nation with average of 10.54
tackles per game. Led team for third consecutive year with 137 tackles and added 1.5 sacks, two quarterback pressures, 9.5 tackles for loss (second on squad), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.
• In 2007, was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year by both coaches and media. Had 139 total tackles with 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one force fumble.
• Named to Freshman All-American team by The Sporting News and Football Writers Association in 2006. Added All-Conference USA third-team and Freshman All-CUSA first-team accolades. Started nine of 14 games, including last seven contests at middle linebacker. Led team with 104 total tackles, added two sacks for minus 14 yards and finished third on squad with 11 tackles for loss. Forced two fumbles and deflected one pass.
• As a redshirt freshman in 2005, started team’s first two games against Alabama (9/10) and McNeese State (9/17) at strong-side linebacker before being granted medical hardship. In first career game against Alabama (9/10), scored team’s first touchdown of season on 32-yard interception return off Brodie Croyle and added six tackles, forced fumble and recovery and pass deflection.
• Redshirted in 2004.
• Received degree in December 2007 in sports administration.
• Single, splits time between Nashville and Powder Springs, Ga.
• At McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) High School, named to Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen, Cobb County Super 11 by Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Georgia Top 50 and received a two-star (5.2)
rating byRivals.com. Listed as 32nd-best player in Georgia by Super Prep. As senior, McRath recorded 85 total tackles, three stops behind line of scrimmage, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble,
five quarterback pressures and one interception.
• As wrestler, won first place in 189-pound division as junior, and team won state titles in 2002 and 2003.
• Also participated in track (200m, 100m, 4x100m) and spent one season on baseball team.
• At Southern Miss, served as representative on Student Athletes Advisory Committee.
• The son of Karla and Victor Bush, he has one younger sister, Victoria.
• List of favorites: (movie) “Transformers”; (TV show) “SpongeBob SquarePants”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (music artists) Drake, any Atlanta artist; (school subject) math; (car) F-250; (video game)
Guitar Hero; (author) Shel Silverstein; (food) pasta; and (sports hero) Michael Jordan.
• Born Gerald Devondrick McRath on June 16, 1986 in Austell, Ga.