Pernell McPhee (born December 17, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State.
Pernell attended Pahokee High School, where he was teammates with Dwight Bentley and Janoris Jenkins.
He played college football at Mississippi State. He was selected for the All-Conference honors in his Junior season.
In his Sophomore year, He finished the season with 56 tackles and 5 sacks. He was named twice SEC Defensive lineman of the week for the season.
McPhee was drafted in the 5th round, 165th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens of the 2011 NFL Draft. McPhee collected 6.0 sacks as a rookie for the Ravens in 2011, plus 23 tackles and a forced fumble while playing in all 16 regular season games. On January 12, 2013, in the AFC Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos, McPhee recorded a strip-sack on quarterback Peyton Manning. The Ravens would then win that game 38-35 in double overtime. On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots, McPhee tipped a pass from quarterback Tom Brady that led to an interception by Dannell Ellerbe with 6:49 remaining in regulation. This led to the Ravens winning that game 28-13 and earning a trip to Super Bowl XLVII, where they would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. McPhee switched from defensive end to outside linebacker for the 2013 season.
On March 10, 2015, McPhee signed a five year contract with the Chicago Bears.
The Ebony Bird
Sat, 23 May 2015 05:56:15 -0700
@jamisonhensley: My money is on Za'Darius Smith to fill Pernell McPhee's role. It's funny because Upshaw came in with better sack numbers in college (15.5 in last two years), and he developed into more of a run-stopping force. Smith didn't put up ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:31:32 -0700
As the NFL develops an overall passing game that is more productive and expansive than ever before, the need for pass rushers has grown correspondingly. Additionally, it's not just the edge-rusher who provides value: More and more, defensive players ...
Fri, 08 May 2015 12:04:33 -0700
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Before his first practice with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, rookie linebacker Za'Darius Smith watched film of Pernell McPhee and instantly realized why he's been repeatedly compared to him ever since he was drafted in the fourth ...
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Sat, 16 May 2015 09:41:15 -0700
In San Francisco, Fangio benefited from having some talented edge rushers in Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and 2014 rookie Aaron Lynch, and he has big free agent signing Pernell McPhee as a marquee piece off the edge in 2015. Last season, the Bears ...
Fri, 08 May 2015 14:42:52 -0700
"[He has] the physicality, the heavy hands, the high motor," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He has pass-rush ability even maybe more so than we saw from Pernell coming out. He has hips, and he can get around blocks. If he develops like Pernell did, ...
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:33:45 -0700
Linebackers: The cog here is Pernell McPhee, who'll collect a big paycheck as the outside linebacker. At inside linebacker, Christian Jones, who had 98 tackles last year, and Jon Bostic, who led the team in tackles a year ago, are the projected starters.
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:45:00 -0700
(Turron Davenport) “You have the number and the ponytail, so there's obvious comparison to Pernell [McPhee], but he's a little different than Pernell in the way he plays. He's his own man – very athletic guy, very serious guy in terms of his approach ...
Tue, 19 May 2015 09:27:32 -0700
Former NFL safety and Bleacher Report columnist Matt Bowen has selected Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee as one of the league's “rising stars” heading into the 2015 season. Bowen picked five players who “are in prime position to become ...
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