| Nose tackle|
American football player
| (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 36)|
2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Rahway High School, Boston College
Marsha Garay, Antonio Garay
Daniel Garay, Francesca Garay
Rahway, New Jersey
Antonio Garay Wikipedia
Antonio Garay Jr. (born November 30, 1979) is a former American football nose tackle. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football and wrestled at Boston College. He was a Wrestling All American placing 4th at the NCAA Championships his sophomore year at Boston College.
Garay was also a member of the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, and New York Jets.
He is notable for his outrageous hairstyles and for driving a Hello Kitty-themed smart car.
Garay is Jewish. Garay's mother is Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Jamaican, Costa Rican, and Puerto Rican descent. He was exposed to both parents' faiths. He attended Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey, and was a standout offensive and defensive lineman. He was also the NJSIAA 275 lb (125 kg). state and national wrestling champion in 1998.
Garay spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears and was a member of the 2006 NFC Championship team. In a December 2007 game against the Washington Redskins, Garay was injured by an illegal block. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2007 season. On March 8, 2008, the Chicago Bears announced that they would part ways with the defensive tackle, and he became an unrestricted free agent on February 29, 2008.
On October 20, 2009, the New York Jets announced that they had signed Garay to their practice squad.
Garay was signed off of the New York Jets' practice squad on December 9, 2009, by the San Diego Chargers. He was re-signed to a two-year deal on March 6, 2010. Garay was able to earn the starting job at nose tackle for the bulk of the 2010 season, and he finished 2010 with 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks, leading all San Diego defensive linemen in both categories.
Garay was signed by the New York Jets on March 15, 2013. He was released on August 31, 2013.