Kanavis McGhee

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Kanavis McGhee
Born: (1968-10-04) October 4, 1968 (age 49)
Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
Defensive end
College Colorado
NFL draft 1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
As player
1991–1993 New York Giants
1994 Cincinnati Bengals
1995 Houston Oilers
Career stats

Kanavis McGhee (born October 4, 1968, in Houston, Texas) is a former college football linebacker and National Football League defensive end. He is a former defensive linemen coach with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europa. He coached as the defensive line coach at the University of Colorado-Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently the head coach and athletic coordinator at Sterling High School in Houston, Texas.

Houston City in Texas, United States

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles (1,620 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States. It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is similarly not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.

Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

McGhee was a business student while attending the University of Colorado. He studied business with an emphasis in marketing.

University of Colorado public university system in Colorado, USA

The University of Colorado system is a system of public universities in Colorado consisting of four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It is governed by the elected, nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Colorado.

Kanavis McGhee attended Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston and played college football at Colorado. During his career at Colorado, McGhee was one of the top defenders in college football, earning him first-team All-Big Eight honors, a finalist nomination for the prestigious Dick Butkus Award and runner-up for the Rotary Lombardi Award. Both awards are given annually to top linebackers in college football.

Wheatley High School (Houston)

Phillis Wheatley High School is a secondary school located at 4801 Providence Street in Houston, Texas, United States with a ZIP code of 77020. Wheatley is a part of the Houston Independent School District. Wheatley, named after Phillis Wheatley, is located inside the 610 Loop in the Fifth Ward.

Lombardi Award

The Lombardi Award is awarded by the Lombardi Foundation annually to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character, and resiliency. From 1970 until 2016 the award was presented by Rotary International specifically to a lineman or linebacker. The Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary International club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of famed National Football League coach Vince Lombardi. The committee outlined the criteria for eligibility for the award, which remained in place until 2016: A player should be a down lineman on either offense or defense or a linebacker who lines up no further than five yards deep from the ball.

Kanavis was drafted in the second round (55th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft, at 22, as defensive end by the New York Giants, where he played for three seasons until he suffered a left knee injury in August 1993 and the Giants terminated the final year of his contract in May 1994. After this he joined the Cincinnati Bengals as free agent before returning to his hometown to play with the Houston Oilers for the season of 1995.

1991 NFL Draft

The 1991 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 21–22, 1991, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York. On that day, Raghib "Rocket" Ismail from the University of Notre Dame, who was projected as the number one overall pick, instead signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

Defensive end Defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football

Defensive end (DE) is a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.

New York Giants National Football League franchise in East Rutherford, New Jersey

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The Giants compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which it shares with the New York Jets in a unique arrangement. The Giants hold their summer training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

McGhee gained coaching experience while serving as head coach of Ross Shaw Sterling High School in Houston, Texas. In 2006, he spent the season with the Amsterdam Admirals as defensive assistant, participating in the NFL Europa coaching program (a collaboration between the National Football League Players Association and NFL Player Development). In 2007 McGhee returned for a second season and tutored the Admirals' defensive linemen.

Sterling High School (Houston)

Ross Shaw Sterling High School, also known as Sterling Aviation High School, is a secondary school located in Houston, Texas. Sterling, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District. The school was named after Ross S. Sterling. Sterling has Houston ISD's magnet program for Aviation Sciences.

Amsterdam Admirals sports club

The Amsterdam Admirals were a professional American football team in NFL Europe who played in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

National Football League Players Association

The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor organization representing the professional American football players in the National Football League (NFL). The NFLPA, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C., is led by president Eric Winston and executive director DeMaurice Smith. Founded in 1956, the NFLPA was established to provide players with formal representation to negotiate compensation and the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The NFLPA is a member of the AFL–CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States.

McGhee worked as a teacher at Challenge Early College High School in Houston, Texas. In 2010 Kanavis returned to Colorado as defensive line assistant under Jon Embree.

Challenge Early College High School

Challenge Early College High School is a secondary school on the Houston Community College West Loop Campus in Houston. The school handles grades nine through thirteen and is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

McGhee has two sons, Davyon McGhee, who played for Kansas State University, also as linebacker, and Kendall Gregory-McGhee, who played for the University of Minnesota as a defensive end.

In the October 18, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated , former NFL agent Josh Luchs alleges that he gave McGhee $2,500 while trying to persuade him to hire Luchs as his agent, while he still played for the University of Colorado. [1] Luchs said McGhee told him his mother was about to be evicted from her rental home and needed the money. [1] According to Luchs, McGhee never paid back the money and did not return his phone calls. [1] If true, the payment would have been considered a major violation of NCAA rules regarding player eligibility. [1] Kanavis McGhee has denied that he ever violated NCAA rules and Alfred Williams, who was present at first meeting between McGhee and Luchs, has stated that the information in the article is not true. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Confessions of an agent, Sports Illustrated, October 18, 2010.
  2. "The Drive 10/14/10 hour 2 and 3". Archived from the original on 2010-09-26.