Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh 9/9: Inactive (back)…Game 2 vs. Cincinnati 9/16: Inactive (back)…Game 3 at Oakland 9/23: Inactive (back)…Game 4 vs. Baltimore 9/30: Started a LOLB as the defense opened in the nickel package and added 3 tackles, including 2 solo…Game 5 at New England 10/7: Started at LOLB with 2 tackles, including 1 solo…Game 6 vs. Miami 10/14: Started at LOLB with 3 solo tackles and 1 QB pressure…Game 7 at St. Louis 10/28: Started at LOLB and totaled 5 tackles, including 2 solo, 1 TFL and matched a career-high with 3 PBU…Game 8 vs. Seattle 11/4: Started at LOLB and added 2 solo tackles…Game 9 at Pittsburgh 11/11: Started at LOLB with 2 tackles, including 1 solo…Game 10 at Baltimore 11/18: Started at LOLB with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack for 0 yards and 1 recovered fumble…In the 1st quarter, recovered a fumble by Ravens QB Kyle Boller, on a sack by LB Kamerion Wimbley, at the Baltimore 23 yard line and six plays later K Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard FG to open a 3-0 lead…Also in the 1st quarter, sacked Boller for no yards…Game 11 vs. Houston 11/25: Started at LOLB and added 4 tackles, including 2 solo, 1 QB pressure and 1 PBU…Part of a defensive effort that forced three turnovers, two sacks and limited Houston to only 77 net yards rushing…Game 12 at Arizona 12/2: Started at LOLB with 3 tackles, including 2 solo, and 2 PBU…In the 2nd quarter, tipped a pass from Cardinals QB Kurt Warner intended for RB J.J. Arrington and was intercepted by S Sean Jones at the Cleveland 38-yard line…Game 13 at N.Y. Jets 12/9: Started at LOLB with 1 TFL and 1 QB pressure…Game 14 vs. Buffalo 12/16: Started at LOLB with 2 tackles, including 1 solo…Part of a defensive effort that gave the Browns their first shutout since 2005 (11/20/05 vs. Miami, 22-0 win) and held the Bills to 232 net yards of offense…Game 15 at Cincinnati 12/23: Played LOLB with 5 tackles, including 3 solo…Game 16 vs. San Francisco 12/30: Started at LOLB and totaled 6 solo tackles and 2 sacks for 12 yards…In the 3rd quarter, sacked 49ers QB Chris Weinke for a 5-yard loss to force a 3rd and 11 situation…Also in the 3rd quarter, sacked 49ers QB Chris Weinke for a 7-yard loss to force a 2nd and 17 situation…Part of a defense that limited the 49ers to only 185 net yards of offense, added 5 sacks and allowed only 73 net yards passing.
Veteran linebacker joined the Browns via free agency and played in 14 games, including 13 starts at left outside linebacker and accumulated 67 tackles, 35 solo, 8 TFL, 4 sacks for 9 yards, 5 QB pressures, 1 interception, and 2 PBU…Had a season-high 12 tackles vs. Kansas City on Dec. 3…Tied for the team lead with 8 TFL and ranked third with 4 sacks…Game 1 vs. New Orleans 9/10: Made his Browns debut and started at LOLB and totaled 4 tackles, including 3 solo…Game 2 at Cincinnati 9/17: Dressed but DNP (calf)…Game 3 vs. Baltimore 9/24: Played ROLB and finished with 2 tackles, including 1 solo, 1 sack for 7 yards, 1 QB pressure and 1 PBU…Recorded a sack in the 2nd quarter on Ravens QB Steve McNair for a 7-yard loss to force a 3rd-and-18 situation…Part of a defensive effort that limited Ravens to 86 net yards rushing as a team…Game 4 at Oakland 10/1: Started at LOLB with 3 tackles, including 2 solo and 1 TFL…Part of a defensive effort that limited the Raiders to 240 net yards of offense, including only 46 net yards passing…Game 5 at Carolina 10/8: Started at LOLB with 2 solo tackles and 1 sack for 1 yard…In the 4th quarter sacked Carolina QB Jake Delhomme for a 1-yard loss to force a 4th-and-9 situation…Part of a defensive effort that limited Carolina to 288 net yards of offense and 0 for 11 on third downs…Game 6 vs. Denver 10/22: Started at LOLB with 7 tackles, including 3 solo, and 2 TFL…Game 7 vs. N.Y. Jets 10/29: Started at LOLB and recorded 2 solo tackles and 1 forced fumble…In the 3rd quarter, forced a fumble by Jets RB Leon Washington, recovered by LB Kamerion Wimbley, at the Jets 9-yard line, and four plays later K Phil Dawson added a 21-yard FG to open a 20-3 lead…Left the game late in the 4th quarter (right ankle) and did not return…Part of a defensive effort that limited the Jets to only 193 net yards of total offense, including 88 net yards rushing, and forced three turnovers…Game 8 at San Diego 11/5: Inactive (right ankle)… Game 9 at Atlanta 11/12: Started at LOLB with 6 tackles, including 2 solo, and 1 QB pressure…Part of a defensive effort that limited QB Michael Vick to run for 74 yards, pass for 197 yards and forced three turnovers…Game 10 vs. Pittsburgh 11/19: Started at LOLB with 4 tackles, including 3 solo, 1 sack for 1 yard and 1 interception…Recorded his first interception of the year in the 2nd quarter after S Sean Jones tipped a pass from Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger intended for WR Hines Ward and McGinest intercepted it at the Cleveland 7-yard line…In the 4th quarter, sacked Ben Roethlisberger for a 1-yard loss to force a 3rd-and-11 situation…Game 11 vs. Cincinnati 11/26: Started at LOLB and added 2 solo tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL…In the 2nd quarter, sacked Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer for no yards to force a 4th-and-8 punting situation…Game 12 vs. Kansas City 12/3: Started at LOLB with a season-high 12 tackles, including 4 solo, 3 TFL and 1 recovered fumble…In the 4th quarter, recovered a fumble by Kansas City QB Trent Green, which was forced by DE Simon Fraser, at the Kansas City 42-yard line…Game 13 at Pittsburgh 12/7: Started at LOLB with 8 tackles, including 6 solo…Game 14 at Baltimore 12/17: Started at LOLB with 4 tackles, including 2 solo, and 1 QB pressure…Game 15 vs. Tampa Bay 12/24: Started at LOLB and totaled 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QB pressures and 1 PBU…Game 16 at Houston 12/31: Started at LOLB and added 3 solo tackles…Part of a defensive effort that limited the Texans to 177 total net yards.
Moved into third place in team history with 78.0 career sacks…Collected an NFL playoff record 4.5 sacks against Jacksonville on Jan. 7… Ranked first in NFL postseason history with 16 sacks, passing Bruce Smith (14.5) and Reggie White (12)….Collected 3 tackles vs. Oakland on Sept. 8…Tallied 5 solo tackles against Carolina on Sept. 18…Notched 3 solo tackles, including 2 sacks and 1 PBU vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, dropped Ben Roethlisberger for a 9-yard sack in the 4th quarter…Registered 4 solo tackles and 1 PBU vs. San Diego on Oct. 2, halted a Chargers drive by batting down a Drew Brees pass on third-and-two in the second quarter … Recorded 5 tackles against Atlanta on Oct. 9…Tallied 6 tackles, including a half a sack vs. Denver on Oct. 16, combined with Dan Klecko to sack Jake Plummer for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter…Registered 6 tackles against Buffalo on Oct. 30…Registered 5 solo tackles vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 7...Tallied 2 tackles and 1 PBU against Miami on Nov. 13, deflected a pass that was then intercepted by Ellis Hobbs in the fourth quarter…Notched 5 tackles and a sack and 2 PBU vs. New Orleans on Nov. 20, provided pressure and forced Aaron Brooks to throw an incompletion on a fourth-and-five play in the 2nd quarter, dropped Brooks for a 5-yard sack in the second quarter…Collected 5 solo tackles against Kansas City on Nov. 27…Recorded 4 tackles vs. N.Y. Jets on Dec. 4…Registered 2 tackles against Buffalo on Dec. 11…Collected 5 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 17, dropped Chris Simms for a 4-yard sack in the first quarter and recovered a Simms’ fumble after Mike Vrabel caused the loose ball with a blind-sack sack late in the second quarter…Notched 2 tackles and a half sack against the N.Y. Jets on Dec. 26…Finished second on the team with 8 tackles and collected an NFL playoff record 4.5 sacks vs. Jacksonville on Jan. 7…Notched 6 tackles vs. Denver on Jan. 14.
Started in 16 games for the fourth time in his career and finished with 61 tackles and led the Patriots with 9.5 sacks…Recorded 1 sack against Peyton Manning on Sept. 9, which led to a Mike Vanderjagt missed field goal…Posted 5 solo tackles, 2 sacks and 2 PBU vs. Arizona on Sept. 19…Tallied 4 tackles and 1 PBU vs. Buffalo on Oct. 3…Shared a sack with Ty Warren and intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass to set up a New England TD in the 1st quarter vs. Seattle on Oct. 17…Registered 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 PBU vs. St. Louis on Nov. 17, his sack of Marc Bulger forced a fumble and his deflected pass was intercepted by teammate Roman Phifer…Totaled 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble which was recovered by Roman Phifer vs. Buffalo on Nov. 14…Notched 5 tackles and 1 sack of Trent Green on the final play of the game against Kansas City on Nov. 22…Posted 5 tackles and 1 sack of Luke McCown for a 13-yard loss at Cleveland on Dec. 5…Finished with 6 tackles and a Rudi Johnson fumble recovery which set up a Patriots TD vs. Cincinnati on Dec. 12…Tied for a team-lead 6 tackles while contributing with 1 sack and 1 PBU vs. Miami on Dec. 20…Recorded 1 tackle and 1 sack of Ken Dorsey vs. San Francisco on Jan. 2…Tallied 2 solo tackles and 2 PBU against Indianapolis in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Jan. 16…Registered 3 tackles in the AFC Championship Game vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 23…Finished with 2 solo tackles including a stop on Brian Westbrook for a 3-yard loss in the Patriots’ 24-21 Super Bowl XXXIX over Philadelphia.
Named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career…Competed in 14 regular season games and all three playoff battles…Finished third on New England with 5.5 sacks and led the NFL with 5 postseason sacks…Voted AFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Patriots’ victory over the New York Jets…Finished with 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 recovered fumble vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 14, as he dropped Donovan McNabb twice while causing 1 fumble in the 4th quarter…Tallied 6 tackles and 1 sack vs. Washington on Sept. 28…Recorded a team-high and season-high 14 tackles vs. Houston on Nov. 23, with 7 TFL and including 3 in overtime…Posted 5 tackles and 1 sack in New England’s 38-34 win over Indianapolis on Nov. 30, stopped Edgerrin James for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line with 11 seconds remaining…Helped the Patriots clinch the AFC East with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 PBU vs. Miami on Dec. 7…Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 interception return for a TD vs. the N.Y. Jets on Dec. 20, picked off Chad Pennnington and rumbled for a 15-yard score…Notched 7 solo tackles and 3 sacks in the AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. Tennessee on Jan. 10…Finished with 5 solo tackles and 1 sack in the AFC Championship Game vs. Indianapolis on Jan. 18…Posted 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 PBU in New England’s Super Bowl XXXVIII win.
Played in all 16 games and finished for a team lead in sacks with 5.5…Moved into fourth place on the Patriots’ all-time sacks list…Totaled 62 stops, 10 PBU and 1 interception…Collected 6 tackles and 1 sack on Monday Night Football vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 9…Posted 1 sack and 3 PBU vs. N.Y. Jets on Sept. 15…Increased career sack total to 54.5 and moved into fourth place on New England’s career sacks list against Denver on Oct. 27…Finished with a season-high 1.5 sacks vs. Buffalo on Nov. 3…Tallied 6 solo tackles to tie the team lead against Chicago on Nov. 10, stopped Anthony Thomas for no gain on the goal line in the 4th quarter of the Patriots come-from-behind win…Picked-off 1 pass against Detroit on Nov. 28…Notched 4 tackles and 1 sack in an overtime win vs. Miami on Dec. 29.
Competed in 11 games while tallying 33 tackles, 2 PBU and 1 forced fumble and ranked second on the team with 6 sacks…Became the first Patriot to post multiple sacks in consecutive weeks since 1993…Recorded 5 tackles and 2 sacks of Brian Griese against Denver on Oct. 28…Finished with 5 tackles and 2 sacks again vs. Atlanta on Nov. 4…Tallied 5 tackles, 4 TFL, and helped limit the Buffalo Bills to 69 rushing yards on Nov. 11…Made 4 stops and registered his third multi-sack game of the season against Carolina on Jan. 6…In AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, totaled 6 tackles and held Pittsburgh to 58 rushing yards…Posted 4 tackles and a 16-yard sack of Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI against St. Louis on Feb. 3.
Named defensive co-captain and totaled 63 tackles and tied for a team lead with 6 sacks…Tallied 8 tackles and his first sack of the season against Tampa Bay on Sept. 3…Notched 5 tackles against Minnesota on Sept. 17, before leaving the game with an injury…Credited with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble, which he recovered against Denver on Oct. 1, the fumble recovery led to a Patriots score on the next play…Recorded 6 tackles and 1 sack vs. N.Y. Jets on Oct. 15…Finished with 6 tackles and 1 recovered fumble which led to a Patriots field goal against Buffalo on Nov. 5…Tied a career-high with 8 solo tackles vs. Chicago on Dec. 10…Registered eight career multiple-sack game vs. Buffalo on Dec. 17…Made 1 sack of Jay Fiedler against Miami on Dec. 24.
Started all 16 games of the season, while finishing with 84 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 recovered fumbles and a team-lead 9 sacks, his third highest total of his career…Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after making 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery vs. N.Y. Jets on Sept. 12, the fumble was recovered in the end-zone for his second career TD…Totaled third sack of the season after dropping Tim Couch for a 3-yard loss vs. Cleveland on Oct. 2…Tallied 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks of Damon Huard who was sacked a total of nine times by the Patriots defense against Miami on Oct. 17…Posted 1 sack in his second consecutive game and finished with 3 stops vs. Denver on Oct. 24…Credited with half-a sack and 5 tackles against Arizona on Oct. 31…Posted 8 tackles against N.Y. Jets on Nov. 15…Recorded 5 total tackles and his seventh sack of the season vs. Miami on Nov. 21…Registered 1 sack and limited Dallas’ running game to 63 yards on Dec. 5…Tallied a season-high 9 stops vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 19…Sacked Tony Banks for his ninth of the season and recovered his second fumble recovery of the year to lead the Patriots to a regular season finale win over Baltimore on Jan. 2.
Missed seven games of the season due to a groin injury…Started in 8 games and New England’s playoff game vs. Jacksonville…Totaled 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks…Posted 5 tackles against Indianapolis on Sept. 13, and matched that total the following week against Tennessee on Sept. 20, added 1 sack vs. the Colts…Notched 1 sack against New Orleans on Oct. 4…Brought down Vinny Testaverde for a 9-yard loss before being sidelined due to a groin injury vs. N.Y. Jets on Oct. 19…Returned to make 4 tackles in the final regular season game against the Jets on Dec. 27…Tallied 3 solo tackles against Jacksonville in the playoffs on Jan. 3.
Injured for the first five of six games, due to a hamstring injury caused in the final preseason game…Totaled 35 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 PBU and 3 recovered fumbles…Recorded 3 tackles and recovered a Neil O’Donnel fumble in his first start against the Jets on Sept. 14, suffered a knee sprain which sidelined him for the next three games…Returned to play the Jets on Oct. 19…Registered a season-high 5 stops at Minnesota but left game with a sprained ankle…Dropped Alex Van Pelt for his first sack of the season vs. Buffalo on Nov. 9…Tallied second sack of the season against Indianapolis on Nov. 30…Recovered 1 fumble and tied season-high with 5 tackles against Jacksonville on Dec. 7…Led the Patriots with 2.5 sacks in the postseason while finishing with 11 tackles…Made 6 stops and 1.5 sacks in the divisional playoff game vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 3.
Started every game for New England including all three postseason matchups…Finished with 67 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks…Notched first career interception and returned the pick for a 46-yard TD vs. Buffalo...Selected to his first Pro Bowl of his career…Finished with 3 stops in the season opener vs. Miami on Sept. 1…Posted 4 tackles and first sack of the season against Buffalo on Sept. 8…Deflected a career-high 3 passes and notched 3 tackles vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 22…Dropped Gus Frerotte for his second sack of the season vs. Washington on Oct. 13, totaled 7 tackles and forced 1 fumble…Sacked Jim Harbaugh twice in the 4th quarter against Indianapolis on Oct. 20…Returned a 46-yard interception for a TD vs. Buffalo on Oct. 27, registered 7 tackles, 1 sack and 2 PBU…Forced a Dan Marino fumble vs. Miami on Nov. 3…Recorded 8th sack of the season after bringing down Frank Reich for a 1-yard loss vs. N.Y. Jets on Nov. 10…Recovered a fumble in the end-zone for his second TD of the season against Dan Diego on Dec. 1…Finished with 7 tackles and 1 sack vs. Dallas on Dec. 15…Totaled 5 tackles in each of the first two playoff games…Tallied 6 stops against Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI on Jan. 26.
Started 16 games while finishing with 11 sacks and ranked fourth on the team with 88 tackles, including 70 solo, and 6 PBU…Voted as an alternate to the Pro Bowl in just his second season…Recorded 4 tackles, 1 PBU and a fumble recovery vs. Atlanta on Oct. 1…Posted first sack of the season after dropping John Elway for a 5-yard loss against Denver on Oct. 8, finished with 6 stops in the game…Sacked Jim Kelly twice and recorded 8 solo tackles vs. Buffalo on Oct. 23…Notched a career-high 11 tackles vs. Carolina on Oct. 29…Brought down Dan Marino twice and forced 1 fumble vs. Miami on Nov. 12…Finished with 6 tackles against Indianapolis on Nov. 19…Registered 1 sack of Jim Kelly against Buffalo on Nov. 26…Ended the season with multiple sack games vs. N.Y. Jets on Dec. 10 and Indianapolis on Dec. 23.
Split time at left outside linebacker for the first half of the season before starting in seven of the last eight regular season games…Finished the season with 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks…Earned All-Rookie honors by Pro Football Weekly and College and Pro Football Newsweekly…Selected as the 1994 Rookie of the Year by the 1776 Quarterback Club…Assisted on his first career sack vs. Buffalo on Sept. 11...Tallied 1 sack and a fumble recovery the following week against Cincinnati on Sept. 18…Made first career start and finished with 5 tackles vs. Cleveland on Nov. 6…Recorded 7 tackles vs. Minnesota on Nov. 13…Registered 8 tackles and 1 sack against Indianapolis on Dec. 11…Totaled 4 tackles and 1 sack in the final regular season game vs. Chicago on Dec. 24…Finished with 8 tackles, 1 sack and 3 PBU in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Cleveland on Jan. 1.
A four-year letterman at Southern Cal earning all-conference honors for three straight years and All-American accolades in 1993…Wore jersey number 55 in honor of All-American linebacker Junior Seau…A finalist for the Lombardi Award and All-Pac-10 honors his senior season…Finished career with 193 tackles, 29 sacks, 48 TFL and 26 PBU…Tied for the Pac-10 lead with 16 sacks his junior season…Led the team with 23 TFL and was named Southern Cal’s Defensive Player of the Year…Totaled 63 tackles, 9 PBU and 3 forced fumbles…Played nine games his sophomore campaign and finished the year with 35 tackles and 2 sacks…Started in three games as a true freshman…Finished season with 27 tackles and 5 sacks.
Attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School…Lettered in both football and basketball where he earned all-state honors in both sports…Named All-American from Super Prep, Blue Chip and Tom Lemming magazines…Garnered all-state and all-region distinctions at linebacker in 1989…Tallied 107 tackles, 18 sacks, 2 recovered fumbles, 4 PBU, 1 interception and 4 blocked kicks…Earned Long Beach Press-Telegram “Best in the West,” All-CIF Southern Section and all-league honors on the hardwood while averaging 14 points per game during his senior season…Graduated with a degree in public administration at Southern Cal in 1994…Born Willie Lee McGinest, Jr. on Dec. 11, 1971, in Long Beach, Calif…Son of Willie and Joyce McGinest…Willie and his fiancé, Lori Clark, have two daughters, Rylie and Halie.