SEC: Anthony McFarland

Where are they now: Anthony McFarland

October, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


Anthony “Booger” McFarland personified big when he was at LSU.

Big man. Big performances. Big personality.

 
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 Anthony McFarland feels he was a part of changing the culture at LSU.
An All-America nose guard for the Tigers in 1998, McFarland went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, winning Super Bowl rings with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts.

He’s now retired and living in Odessa, Fla., just north of Tampa. He has a couple of business ventures going, plays a little golf and watches plenty of football on television.

“Mostly I’m just taking it easy,” McFarland said. “I’ve played football every year since I was 13. It’s time to take a break before deciding what my next move’s going to be.”

McFarland, 31, and his wife, Tammie, have a 1-year-old daughter, Alexis, and she keeps him on his toes.

“That’s part of it,” he said.

Plus, he knows all about keeping a parent on her toes. He got his famous nickname when he wasn’t much older than his daughter.

“I’ve had it since I was 2,” McFarland said. “My mom gave it to me. Just a bad kid, man … a bad kid.”

He was a bad man on the football field and really ahead of his time in college as a 300-pounder in the middle of the defensive line who was more than just a run-stuffer. McFarland finished his career ranked sixth in LSU history with 17 quarterback sacks.

“We didn’t have many 300-pounders when I came to LSU. Now, that’s all they got,” said McFarland, who was the SEC Freshman Co-Defensive Player of the year in 1995.

His fondest memories at LSU revolve around the group of players he came in with in 1995 and the way they were able to turn around things on the Bayou.

The Tigers had suffered through six straight losing seasons, but won seven games during McFarland’s freshman season, 10 his sophomore season and then nine his junior season before seeing it tail off that final season, which ended in a disappointing 4-7 record.

“I like to think we helped change the culture there,” McFarland said. “We just really bonded, guys like Kevin Faulk, Todd McClure, Herb Tyler and Larry Foster. LSU had lost more games than they’d won when we got there, but we turned it around.

“From 1995 until now, these last 15 years, I’d put our numbers up against anybody. When some guys look back on what they did in college, they think about plays and games. For me, it’s a little bigger than that.”

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