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Antonio Garay
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Antonio Garay signing autographs at New York Jets Mini Camp in Florham Park, NJ, on June 11, 2013.
No. 71     New York Jets
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth: Rahway, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Debuted in 2003 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     138
Sacks     9.0
Forced Fumbles     0
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Edward Garay (born November 30, 1979) is an American football nose tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football and wrestled at Boston College. He was a Wrestling All American placing 4th at the NCAA Championships his sophomore year at Boston College.

Garay has also been a member of the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.

He is notable for his outrageous hairstyles and for driving a Hello Kitty-themed smart car.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Garay is Jewish.[2][3][4] Garay's mother is Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Jamaican, Costa Rican, and Puerto Rican descent.[3] He was exposed to both parents' faiths.[5][6] He attended Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey, and was a standout offensive and defensive lineman. He was also the NJSIAA 275 lb (125 kg). state and national wrestling champion in 1998.

Professional careerEdit

Chicago BearsEdit

Garay spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears and was a member of the 2006 NFC Championship team. In a December 2007 game against the Washington Redskins, Garay was injured by an illegal block. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2007 season. On March 8, 2008, the Chicago Bears announced that they would part ways with the defensive tackle, and he became an unrestricted free agent on February 29, 2008.

New York JetsEdit

On October 20, 2009, the New York Jets announced that they had signed Garay to their practice squad.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Garay was signed off of the New York Jets' practice squad on December 9, 2009, by the San Diego Chargers. He was re-signed to a two-year deal on March 6, 2010. Garay was able to earn the starting job at nose tackle for the bulk of the 2010 season, and he finished 2010 with 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks, leading all San Diego defensive linemen in both categories.

Second stint with the JetsEdit

Garay was signed by the New York Jets on March 15, 2013.[7]

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