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Pernell McPhee
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Pernell McPhee at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.
No. 92 Chicago Bears
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Orlando, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Mississippi State
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2015
Total tackles: 135
Sacks: 22.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

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.

Early years[edit]

Pernell attended Pahokee High School, where he was teammates with Dwight Bentley and Janoris Jenkins. McPhee only played one year of high school football and started on both sides of the ball, playing offensive tackle and defensive end. he registered 75 total tackles, including 35 tackles for loss and 19 quarterback sacks to go along with 12 forced fumbles as a senior. He helped lead Pahokee to a 14-0 record and the Florida Class 2B State Championship and was named all-state following that season. In addition to his exploits on the football field, he was also a two-year starter in basketball. He originally signed with the University of Southern Mississippi out of high school before going the community college route.[1]

College career[edit]

Itawamaba Community College[edit]

Spent the first two years of his college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi where he was named an NJCAA All-American as a sophomore, a season in which he led the nation with 13.5 sacks.[2] During his career at ICC he tallied 124 tackles (92 solo), 32.5 sacks, 73.5 TFL, 47 QB pressures and 4 FFs in 18 games.[3]

Mississippi State University[edit]

After completing his two years at ICC he transferred to Mississippi State. He was named to the coaches All-SEC first-team as a senior in 2010 and was named first-team All-SEC as a junior in 2009. He served as a team captain in 2010. During his MSU career he started all 25 of the games in which he appeared and totalED 91 tackles (46 solo), 7 sacks, 22 TFL, 20 QB pressures, 2 FFs and 4 pass breakups.[4] In 2009 he was twice named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the week.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

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.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 10, 2015, McPhee signed a five year contract with the Chicago Bears.[6][7] On September 27 on the road, McPhee came up with two back to back sacks in a 26-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[8] In the 2015 season, McPhee led the team with 18 quarterback hits.[9]


  1. ^ Pernell McPhee at Hailstate.com
  2. ^ Player Roster-Pernell McPhee
  3. ^ Pernell McPhee Player Bio
  4. ^ Pernell McPhee Player Bio
  6. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Bears to sign Pernell McPhee to five-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 11, 2015). "Bears agree to terms with McPhee". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bears vs. Seahawks - Box Score - September 27, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  9. ^ "By the Numbers: 2015". www.chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 

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