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John McKay Jr.

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John Jr.

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John McKay, Jr. with white hair and wearing a suit and a tie during an interview.
NFL draft:
1975 / Round: 16 / Pick: 394

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Date of birth
March 28, 1953 (age 68)

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John Kenneth "J.K." McKay (born March 28, 1953) is a former American football Wide receiver in the National Football League.


College career

John McKay, Jr. side view, wearing a red jacket.

McKay played college football at USC, where he played on the 1972 and 1974 National Championship teams and caught, among many others, a 38-yard touchdown pass from long time best friend, quarterback Pat Haden in the fourth quarter of the 1975 Rose Bowl game. He was named co-MVP of the game along with Haden.

McKay was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.

Professional career

John McKay, Jr. wearing a red jacket and black pants while sitting on a chair.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 16th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, but opted instead to play for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League due to a dislike for the Cleveland area. The Browns made him available in the 1976 veteran allocation draft, where he was selected by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Tampa Bay, McKay started at receiver for three controversial seasons. Quarterback Steve Spurrier's belief that McKay was playing ahead of better receivers because he was the son of head coach John McKay, led him to throw passes over the vulnerable middle of the field in an attempt to get McKay injured. On the other hand, he was a reliable pass-catcher whom opposing defenses considered as a legitimate threat. He was forced to retire due to complications from a broken hand.

After retiring from professional football, McKay became a successful trial attorney in the Tampa area. In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles and continued practicing law as a partner with the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory. In 2001, he took a position as general manager of the Los Angeles Xtreme in the XFL. The Xtreme were the first and only national champions of the League.

In 2010. McKay became Senior Associate Athletic Director of the University of Southern California.


McKay is a son of former USC Trojan and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay and the older brother of former Buccaneers general manager and current Atlanta Falcons president, Rich McKay.

McKay is married and has three children.

He is often referred to as "J. K." in the press, but is more commonly known as "John" or "Johnny".

Attended Stetson University College of Law.


John McKay, Jr. Wikipedia

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