- Full Name Anthony Darelle McFarland
- Nickname Booger McFarland
- Occupation Football Player & Television Host
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Winnsboro, Louisiana, USA
- Birth Date Dec 18, 1977
- Age 44 Years, 6 Months
Booger McFarland | BiographyFormer ABC ESPN Sports Analyst
Following his collegiate career, Booger entered the National Football League Scouting Combine. After passing metal and physical tests, he was the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent eight seasons with the Buccaneers as a defensive tackle. He won the Super Bowl XXXVIII with the Buccaneers during a game against the Oakland Raiders. On 17 October 2006, the Buccaneers traded him to the Indianapolis Colts. He helped the Colts to Super Bowl XLI with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears within his first season with the team. He suffered a career-ending knee injury during the next season’s training camp.
Booger McFarland is an American football analyst and former professional football player best known for winning two Super Bowls.
Who is Booger McFarland?
Booger McFarland, real name Anthony Darelle McFarland was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana, on 18 December 1977.
He played collegiate football at Louisiana State University, where he was named first-team All-American in his senior year. From 1995 to 1998, he was an LSU Tigers football team member. McFarland started every game at defensive tackle his rookie year, ending with 73 tackles, and quickly became a fan favorite for performing double duty as a fullback for short-yardage plays. He also tackled LSU's 1995 Independence Bowl victory over Michigan State.
McFarland also helped the Tigers win two more bowl games in the 1996 Peach Bowl and the 1997 Independence Bowl, as well as earning SEC Defensive MVP honors in the 1996 Peach Bowl. Additionally, he was the defensive co-captain in his senior year, received first-team All-SEC and All-America accolades, and participated in the 1999 Senior Bowl despite the Tigers' stunning collapse in 1998. The following year, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted him in the 1999 NFL Draft for the first time. He then played for the team for eight seasons from 1999 to 2006. After that, he played for the Indianapolis Colts for one season from 2006 to 2007. He had 188 tackles and 22.5 sacks during his nearly a decade-long career with the NFL.
From 2012 to 2014, he co-hosted a Tampa area sports radio show on 98.7 The Fan. He joined ESPN in 2014 as one of the first analysts for the newly launched SEC Network. He has covered both college and the NFL for the company. He later worked as an analyst for various football shows on ABC, ESPN+. He covered two seasons as an analyst on Monday Night Football from 2018 to 2019. He regularly appears on popular shows like SportsCenter and NFL Live.
How Did He Get His Nickname Booger?
McFarland got the nickname "Booger" as a kid. "I was a bad kid, getting into a lot of wild stuff. I used to get called a lot of different things. But that was just the one that stuck," he said in a 2004 interview with Seattle Times. Moreover, he was named Booger by his mother, Miss Nancy, because of his tumbling and bumpy nature as a toddler.
Following his collegiate career, Booger entered the National Football League Scouting Combine. After passing metal and physical tests, he was the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent eight seasons with the Buccaneers as a defensive tackle. He had 305 tackles and 20 sacks in 84 games throughout his eight seasons with them, and he won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 with the Buccaneers during a game against the Oakland Raiders.
On 17 October 2006, the Buccaneers traded him to the Indianapolis Colts. On 10 November 2006, McFarland recorded his first sack as a member of the Indianapolis Colts against the Buffalo Bills. Despite the Colts' last-place finish in rush defense, he concluded the regular season with 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
He helped the Colts to Super Bowl XLI with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears within his first season with the team, earning him his second Super Bowl ring. He suffered a career-ending knee injury during the next season’s training camp.
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Booger is married to his wife, Tammie Pickett McFarland. He met her in 1999 during a wedding ceremony of her cousin, who married his former Louisiana State University football teammate Anthony Skinner. Booger and Tammie later exchanged the wedding vows in 2008.
His wife and children are known to live private and out of the spotlight. Hence there is not much bio on them. However, they frequent on their Instagram handles.
Furthermore, his wife is a supporter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Son and Daughter
Booger and his wife together have two children. They have one daughter named Alexis and one son named Jacob. On 26 November 2020, Booger took to Instagram to mark her daughter’s 13th birthday. Both Booger and his wife have occasionally made Instagram posts dedicated to their daughter, but their son has only appeared in their family posts.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Booger has a net worth of $9 million, and his salary as a television football analyst is $2 million per year. He signed a six-year contract worth $36 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998, according to an article published in ESPN in August 2003. A year before the expiry of the contract, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $34 million in 2003 for the following six seasons.