Bryant McKinnie

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Loadholt is ready to compete for job - Pioneer Press
Though the Vikings were solid last season with tackle Bryant McKinnie and guard Steve Hutchinson on the left side, they had assorted issues on the right side, including penalties and missed blocks by Cook. Often the Vikings had to line up tight end Jim...
Pleasure P, NFL;s Bryant McKinnie Launch Swagga En... - AllHipHop
A joint venture between star Minnesota Vikings player Bryant McKinnie and Pleasure P, Swagga Entertainment is described as a multi-faceted, full service record label that promotes all genres of music and artist development. According to McKinnie...
Sunday notebook: Loadholt making the switch - OU Insider
Rick Spielman, Vikings vice president of player of personnel, said Loadholt has decent feet, but Bryant McKinnie will remain at left tackle. “I just think (Loadholt is) such a massive human being and he does have good feet, don't get me wrong because...
ESPN picks Tommie Harris as veteran on hot seat in NFC North - Chicago Sun-Times
Sticking with that theme, it's probably fair to say the Vikings need a bounce back season from left tackle Bryant McKinnie, but is he on the hot seat? Harris makes sense for all of the reasons that are outlined. The Bears expected great things from him...
Scout's Notebook: OT Phil Loadholt - Packer Report
You think about him and Big Mac (Bryant McKinnie), with their size, and it'sa dream for a running back. He's good in pass protection and run blocking, so I've had a big smile on my face since I heard he was our pick. I'm excited to have him come to...
Vikings haven't discussed Brett Favre yet - Pioneer Press
The Vikings have a player on the roster bigger than left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Second-round pick Phil Loadholt is listed by the Vikings at 6 feet 8, 343 pounds, or eight pounds more than McKinnie's listed weight. The Vikings believe Loadholt,...
Offensive tackle rankings: Young anchors awash in potential -
13. Bryant McKinnie, Vikings. McKinnie is an outstanding run blocker and a big, powerful athlete. The Vikings run behind him almost constantly, and he's an above-average pass blocker who rarely needs help. 14. Jared Gaither, Ravens....
A New Attitude Coming in the Twin Cities - NFL GridIron Gab
Bryant McKinnie got a vote of confidence this weekend when the Vikings passed up a chance to draft Michael Oher, who possibly could've allowed the Vikings to trade McKinnie for good value and let Oher step into the left tackle spot. About a year ago,...
Loadholt impressing -
... displaying “quick footwork for a player his size.” Loadholt has the chance to start at right tackle in Minnesota. If he does, Loadholt and Bryant McKinnie will give the Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson a pair of 6-foot-8 bookends at tackle....
In this instance, Vikings right to gamble on Harvin - Modesto Bee
Whatever this Vikings regime has said about acquiring quality people, this is also the regime that gambled on an alcoholic defensive end named Jared Allen, that re-signed an offensive tackle with anger-management issues named Bryant McKinnie,...

Bryant McKinnie

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Bryant McKinnie (born September 23, 1979 in Woodbury, New Jersey,) is an American football offensive tackle currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

After prep football at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, NJ, McKinnie played for two years at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There, he gained 70 pounds and converted from his high school position as defensive lineman to offensive tackle. After junior college, he received a scholarship with the University of Miami Hurricanes.

After redshirting in 1999, McKinnie started his junior and senior years at left tackle for UM. During his career he was an extraordinary blocking tackle, not allowing a sack on a quarterback his entire collegiate career. He even managed to prevent future NFL star Dwight Freeney from recording a sack for Syracuse. McKinnie was however penalized for holding Freeney on one play, a rare blemish on his memorable season. McKinnie was named as an All-American in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2001, McKinnie was the winner of the Outland Trophy, finished 8th overall in voting for the 2001 Heisman Trophy, was the CNN Sports Illustrated "Player of the Year" and a key part of the Hurricanes' 2001 National Championship. Also at UM, he was a roommate with current NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey.

McKinnie was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft. McKinnie started every game for Minnesota from 2003-2007, and has a streak of 80 consecutive games started. At 6'8" and 335 lbs with size 18 EEE feet, McKinnie is the largest offensive lineman on the Vikings roster.

In February 2006, the Vikings were considering trading quarterback Daunte Culpepper and McKinnie told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "We already made one mistake (trading former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss). Don't do it twice (by trading Culpepper). If that's the case, let me go." Culpepper was traded shortly afterwards to the Miami Dolphins but McKinnie re-signed with the Vikings regardless.

On June 8, 2008 the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation welcomed Bryant McKinnie as their newest ambassador to the foundation. The foundation was inspired and established by Dr. Nelson Mandela over a decade ago with the help of some of the world's most famous athletes, among them Dan Marino, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Nadia Comaneci, & Gale Sayers.

During the weekend of May 17 in Miami, McKinnie hosted the Laureus Foundation’s Third Annual Celebrity Fundraiser along with NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and Olympic Track and Field Gold Medalist Edwin Moses. More than thirty greats of golf, tennis, football, hockey, and the Olympics joined McKinnie for the fundraiser which, along with the foundation’s golf and tennis invitational, raised more than $150,000 to support the formation of CampInteractive’s South Florida chapter benefitting at-risk teens.

McKinnie, in conjunction with the Minneapolis, St. Paul Fund started the Bryant D. McKinnie fund which provides grants and scholarships to under-privileged children who come from single parent homes.

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2001 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 2001 Miami Hurricanes football team were the national champions of the 2001 college football season, and considered by many to be one of the most talented teams in college football history.

In 2000, Miami was shut out of the Orange Bowl BCS National Championship Game by the BCS computers. Despite Miami beating Florida State head-to-head that season and being higher ranked in both human polls, it was Florida State, and not Miami, that BCS computers selected to challenge the Oklahoma Sooners for the national championship (Oklahoma would win, 13–2). The experience led to alterations in the BCS rankings system to ensure that the situation would not repeat itself in the future. Nevertheless, Miami was left with a bitter sense of disappointment, believing they had been deprived of a national championship, and stewed over an early-season loss at Washington, 34–29, that was their only slipup in an 11–1 campaign. That off-season, the team resolved to take the matter entirely out of the discretion of the computers by going a perfect 12–0. However, they had to do so under a new head coach, Larry Coker, who was named to the post after Butch Davis left to become head coach of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

Led by quarterback Ken Dorsey, running back Clinton Portis, free safety Ed Reed, wide receiver Andre Johnson, tight end Jeremy Shockey, and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, Miami dominated the 2001 season from start to finish.

The Hurricanes began the season with a nationally televised primetime rout of Penn State in Beaver Stadium. After the Hurricanes put together a 30-0 halftime lead, Coker pulled his starters and Miami cruised in the second half to a 33-7 victory. The 26-point margin tied for Penn State's worst home loss under Joe Paterno. Miami followed up the victory with blowout wins over Rutgers, Pitt, and Troy State University. After building up a 4-0 record, the 'Canes thumped Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium, 49-27, ending the Seminoles' 54-game home unbeaten streak. The 'Canes then defeated West Virginia, 45-3, and Temple, 38-0, before heading to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College.

Miami was put to the test by BC. After jumping out to a 9-0 lead over the Eagles, Miami's offense began to sputter as Dorsey struggled with the swirling winds, throwing four interceptions. The Hurricane defense picked up the slack by limiting BC to just seven points. However, in the final minute of the fourth quarter, with Miami clinging to a 12-7 lead, BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre led the Eagles from their own 30-yard line all the way down to the Hurricanes' 9. With BC on the verge of a momentous upset, St. Pierre attempted to pass to receiver Ryan Read at the Miami 2-yard line. However, the ball ricocheted off the leg of Miami cornerback Mike Rumph, landing in the hands of defensive end Matt Walters. Walters ran ten yards with the ball before teammate Ed Reed grabbed the ball out of his hands at around the Miami 20-yard line and raced the remaining 80-yards for a touchdown, icing an 18-7 victory for the Hurricanes.

After surviving the scare from Boston College, Miami played inspired and utterly dominating football, demolishing #14 Syracuse, 59-0, and #12 Washington, 65-7, in consecutive weeks in the Orange Bowl. The combined 124-7 score is an NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked opponents.

The final hurdle to the Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game was at Virginia Tech. Miami jumped on Virginia Tech, leading 20-3 at halftime, 23-10 after three, and 26-10 midway through the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech added a couple of late touchdowns and had a two-point conversion attempt to tie the game, but it was not enough against a stifling Hurricane defense and an offense that outgained Virginia Tech by 134 yards, gained 12 more first downs, and controlled the ball for nearly 10-minutes more than the Hokies. Miami's 26-24 victory earned the top-ranked Hurricanes an invitation to the Rose Bowl to take on BCS #2 Nebraska for the national championship.

Nebraska proved to be no competition for Miami. The Hurricanes roared to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to an easy 37-14 rout of the Huskers to capture the school's fifth national championship in the last 18 years, and put the finishing touches on a perfect 12-0 season. Dorsey passed for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, while wide receiver Andre Johnson caught 7 passes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the stifling Miami defense shut down Heisman-winner Eric Crouch and the Huskers vaunted option offense, holding Nebraska 200 yards below its season average. Dorsey and Johnson were named Rose Bowl co-MVPs.

The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are considered by some experts and historians to be one of the Greatest College Football teams in College Football History.The Hurricanes scored 512 (42.6 ppg) points while yielding only 117 (9.75 papg). Miami beat opponents by an average of 32.9 points per game, the largest margin in the school's history, and set the NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked teams (124-7). The offense set the school scoring record, while the stout defense led the nation in scoring defense (fewest points allowed), pass defense, and turnover margin. Additionally, the Hurricane defense scored eight touchdowns of its own. Six players earned All-American status and six players were finalists for national awards, including Maxwell Award winner, Ken Dorsey, and Outland Trophy winner, Bryant McKinnie. Dorsey was also a Heisman finalist, finishing third.

Among the numerous stars on the 2001 Miami squad were: quarterback Ken Dorsey; running backs Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Najeh Davenport, and Frank Gore; tight end Jeremy Shockey; wide receiver Andre Johnson, and Roscoe Parrish; tackles Bryant McKinnie and Joaquin Gonzalez; defensive linemen Jerome McDougle, William Joseph, and Vince Wilfork; linebackers Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams; and defensive backs Ed Reed, Mike Rumph, and Phillip Buchanon. Additional contributors included future stars Kellen Winslow II, Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle, Vernon Carey, and Eric Winston. In all, an extraordinary 16 players from the 2001 Miami football team were drafted in the first-round of the NFL Draft (5 in the 2002 NFL Draft: Buchanon, McKinnie, Reed, Rumph, and Shockey; 4 in 2003: Johnson, Joseph, McDougle, and McGahee; 6 in 2004: Carey, Taylor, Vilma, Wilfork, Williams, and Winslow; and 1 in 2005: Rolle).

Prior to the 2006 Rose Bowl, ESPN's SportsCenter ran a special in which the 2005 USC Trojans, led by stars Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White, were pitted against the greatest college teams of the past 50 years, as picked by sports fans voting on, to determine their place in history. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes were the only team picked by fans to defeat the '05 Trojan squad, reflecting the esteem with which the '01 Hurricanes are held in the college football world.

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Joaquin Gonzalez (American football)

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Joaquin Antonio Gonzalez (born September 7, 1979 in Miami, Florida) is a former professional National Football League offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts.

In college, he played alongside Bryant McKinnie on the offensive line, protecting for quarterback Ken Dorsey during the Miami Hurricanes' national championship season in 2001.

Gonzalez attended Columbus High School in Miami, Florida and was a student, a letterman in football and track and field, and as a senior, he was also named Columbus' Student Athlete of the Year and was a recipient of the President's Education Award. In football, as a senior, he was named as his team's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and was an Honorable Mention All-Dade County selection. Gonzalez graduated from Columbus High School in 1997.

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Minnesota Vikings boat party scandal

An alleged sex party occurred on October 6, 2005 on Lake Minnetonka with seventeen key members of the Minnesota Vikings football team, including quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Fred Smoot, Mewelde Moore, Pat Williams, Bryant McKinnie, Nate Burleson, Ralph Brown, Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor, Kevin Williams, Jermaine Wiggins, Lance Johnstone, Moe Williams, Ken Irvin, and Willie Offord. Two boats were rented and some, but not all of the players performed sexual acts in front of crew members. Prostitutes from Atlanta and Florida were flown in for the party, in order to perform the sex acts. There were apparently ninety people on the two boats. An anonymous former player of the Minnesota Vikings claimed that this is not the first time that such an incident had happened. The scandal has sometimes been referred to as the Love Boat scandal or as the Smoot Boat Scandal in the news, after the television program.

Allegedly, photographs were taken at the party showing people engaging in sexual intercourse. As of December 2005, four of the players have been charged with misdemeanors related to the events (see below).

A woman called police around 9:20 p.m. on October 6 to report that approximately "seven black men" had urinated in her yard after exiting a "big shuttle bus limousine", according to the transcript.

The woman later mentioned that the men were "sitting at Al and Alma's", the name of the charter cruise company that the Vikings players were later alleged to have used for the party.

According to Doyle, there were no drugs and no minors on the two boats and that not every Vikings player aboard acted inappropriately.

Smoot was the alleged ringleader of the entire operation. He is said to have been the one who hired the boats for the cruise on Lake Minnetonka. Smoot's agent has dismissed these claims. Smoot, however has not denied that he was on the boat that night.

Merritt Geyen who worked at the docks told a sheriff's detective that three men planned the charter boat cruises. The day before the party, Geyen told the detective, Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot showed up with another man she did not recognize.

Merritt Geyen a dock employee, told the detective that crew members showed Johnstone, Smoot and an unidentified player around the boats, went over menus and talked about specialty liquors. Smoot then signed a contract for the event and gave his address and phone number so she could bill him for it. Johnstone put his credit card down for the $1,000 deposit and said the rest of the bill could be added to his card later.

Robinson said he was not on either boat and was upset the Minneapolis Star Tribune associated him with this incident, given his effort to rebuild his life after struggling with substance abuse.

The aforementioned players have refused to comment.

On October 19, 2005 Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf, in a reportedly profanity-laced tirade, threatened to remove players from the roster who were involved in the planning of the party, according to Sports Illustrated.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice echoed the calls of Wilf, but wouldn't go as far as endorsing Wilf's view on punishment. He instead said that if any players were found in the police investigation to have acted inappropriately or criminally he would definitely take action.

The Vikings created a 77 page Code of Conduct and distributed it to all the players. They also hired a former FBI agent and NFL investigator as head of security (a position that had been eliminated for several years) to help keep the players out of trouble, and contracted the help of a private security firm.

On December 15, 2005, Culpepper, McKinnie, Smoot and Moe Williams were charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct. If convicted, each player faces a maximum of 90 days in jail on each count. All players pleaded not guilty on January 6, 2006.

Charges against Culpepper were dropped in April 2006. Williams was found guilty on a count of disorderly conduct but was cleared on charges of indecent conduct, and lewd or lascivious behavior.

On May 26, 2006, Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The two will pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service, they also had 30-day jail sentences stayed for a year. Smoot and McKinnie also pleaded guilty to being a public nuisance on a watercraft, but that will be permanently removed from their records if they remain law abiding for the next year.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the two players, in addition to their required community service, would participate in numerous service events over the next season. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said fines are likely, declining to say for how much or how long the process will take. He said the players won't be suspended. Because Smoot and McKinnie are being disciplined by the league, the Vikings are precluded by the NFL's labor agreement from imposing their own discipline.

Another area sports team took a jab at the incident as well. On May 27, 2006, the St. Paul Saints, an independent minor league baseball team noted for its over-the-top promotions, gave away rubber boats to fans, ostensibly to honor the 30th anniversary of the TV series The Love Boat. However, details of the boats made it obvious that the Saints intended to parody the incident. Each boat was yellow with purple trim (the Vikings team colors); the bridge was designed to evoke the stereotypical Viking helmet; and the boats bore the name Minnetonka Queen, a reference to the lake.

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Cedric Griffin

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Cedric Leonard Griffin (born November 11, 1982 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

He was born in Natchez, Mississippi and graduated from Holmes High School in San Antonio, Texas. He played college football for The University of Texas Longhorns and was a stand-out performer on the 2005 National Championship team. He was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Griffin played football at Holmes High School in San Antonio, Texas under the direction of head coach David Sanchez. He was an All-State Class 5A defensive back in 2000, his senior season. He also played as a wide receiver and accumulated yards rushing and in kick-off and punt returns. As a cornerback, he made 26 tackles and seven interceptions. As a wide receiver, he caught eight passes for 202 yards, including two touchdowns. The same year, he rushed for 198 yards, made a 90-yard kickoff return and returned two punts for 95 yards against Taft High. Griffin played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30th, 2000. In addition to football, he competed in track. While playing at Holmes High School, Griffin was a part of a State Semifinalist squad that fell one game short of the State Championship. Other standout athletes who played with Griffin on the Holmes football squad include Olympic Gold Medalist in 4x400 meter relay Darold Williamson, Robert Quiroga of the Arena Football League, standout defensive tackle at Baylor University Michael Gary, and Division II All-American quarterback from Texas Lutheran University Sean Salinas.

After redshirting his freshman year, Griffin played in all 51 games over the next four years, including 44 games as a starter. He recorded 271 tackles (170 solo tackles), broke up 32 passes (ranking in the school's top 15 for pass deflections) and intercepted three others for 29 yards in interception return yards. In 2002, Griffin became the first UT player ever to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown, when he returned one 56 yards at Tulane University.

As a junior, he was tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by the conference coaches for 2004. As a senior on UT's 2005 National Championship team, he was a key part of the UT pass defense that ranked eighth in the nation in yards allowed by game (172.0) and fourth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.7 rating). In Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the National Championship Game, he made 8 tackles, including 6 solo tackles.

Griffin joins Michael Huff (No. 7 overall) as the second Longhorn defensive back chosen in the 2006 draft, marking the first time since 1997 two have been selected in the same draft when Bryant Westbrook was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the first round and Taje Allen was picked by the Saint Louis Rams in the fifth round... Along with Huff, Griffin's selection gives the Longhorns a defensive back selection in four of the past five drafts... Griffin is the first Longhorn selected by the Vikings since DT John Haines in 1984. The Longhorns have now had at least three players drafted in each of the last four years.

Griffin is the highest-drafted defensive back chosen by the Vikings since Orlando Thomas (number 42 overall) was selected in 1995. Counting Griffin, the Vikings have taken five players over the past five NFL drafts who have come into the NFL with a college national championship to their credit. The others (with school and draft year) are Bryant McKinnie (University of Miami - 2002), Kenechi Udeze (University of Southern California - 2004), Darrion Scott (Ohio State University - 2004) and Dustin Fox (Ohio State University - 2005).

Came into training camp with the expectation of being the team's nickel or dime back (3rd or 4th cornerback). When second year man Dovonte Edwards went down with a broken arm in the preseason many people believe it would be Griffin who would step into the Nickelback role that was vacated by Edwards when he went down with an injury. Instead the Vikings chose to go with Ronyell Whitaker, who proved to be ineffective. Griffin began getting more and more playing time as the season played on, eventually Griffin overtook a starting cornerback spot from prized free agent signing from two years earlier Fred Smoot. Griffin played well as a rookie and impressed the coaching staff. He recorded his first career interception against the Detroit Lions. During the 2007 season he struggled as a started, recording zero interception while getting beat often. But in 2008, he played well, recording over 100 tackles and one interception.

He was due to be a free agent after 2009 season. But on March 21, 2009, Vikings re-signed Griffin, the deal is for five years and a total of a little more than $25 million. It contains $10 million in guaranteed money.

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