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Joe McGrath (Canadian football)

Joe McGrath
No. --     Calgary Stampeders
Date of birth: (1980-11-27) November 27, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Career information
Status: Inactive
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): OT
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 290 lb (130 kg)
College: Miami
High school: Vanier
CFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Drafted by: Calgary Stampeders
As player:

Edmonton Eskimos
Saskatchewan Roughriders*
Edmonton Eskimos
BC Lions
Calgary Stampeders*

*Offseason and/or practice roster member only
Career highlights and awards
Honours: Eskimos' Most Outstanding Lineman (

Joe McGrath (born November 27, 1980, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is a professional Canadian football offensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Stampeders in the first round of the 2003 CFL Draft. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.

Early years

McGrath was coached by his father at Vanier Collegiate Institute in Moose Jaw and was considered an all-star in both football and basketball and the number two Canadian high school lineman at graduation.[1]

McGrath played college football from 1999 through 2003 for the Miami Hurricanes, three years as a regular at left guard. He won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 2001.[1]

Professional career

First stint with Eskimos

McGrath was drafted second overall in the 2003 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders but was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent on July 7, 2004. He appeared in 15 games at left tackle in the 2004 CFL season, all 18 regular season games plus the playoffs and the victory in the 93rd Grey Cup in 2005 CFL season, and started all 18 regular season games in the 2006 CFL season. He was nominated by the Eskimos for the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 2006.[1]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On February 16, 2009, McGrath became a free agent and was reportedly signed the same day by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[2]

Second stint with Eskimos

McGrath requested a trade back to Edmonton and his request was granted on June 11, 2009.[3] He was released on August 11, 2010.

BC Lions

On August 19, 2010, the BC Lions added the recently released McGrath to the offensive line.[4] He was released during the following off-season on May 24, 2011.[5]

Calgary Stampeders

On October 18, 2011, McGrath was signed to the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders.[6]


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