|Date of birth:December 28, 1963|
|Place of birth: Ravenna, Ohio|
|College: Bowling Green|
|NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 12 / Pick: 313|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Buffalo Bills ( 1987)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 3× MAC Offensive Player of the Year (1983–1985)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
College career[edit | edit source]
McClure played for the Falcons from 1982–85, where he set numerous offensive records. His 900 completions and 10,280 yards passing are both school records. He also threw 63 touchdowns which was the school record until Omar Jacobs threw 71 from 2003–05. In 1985, he led the Falcons to an undefeated regular season, but lost to Fresno State in the California Raisin Bowl.
- 1982: 113/176 for 1,391 yards with 8 TD vs 13 INT.
- 1983: 298/466 for 3,264 yards with 16 TD vs 16 INT.
- 1984: 263/414 for 2,951 yards with 21 TD vs 13 INT.
- 1985: 226/371 for 2,674 yards with 18 TD vs 16 INT.
NFL replacement player[edit | edit source]
McClure was drafted in the 12th round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was cut by the Bills in training camp in 1987, but a got a chance to play after all when Buffalo signed him as a replacement player during that year's players strike.
After two weeks of replacement games (both losses, in which Buffalo scored a total of 13 points) and mediocre performances by quarterbacks Dan Manucci and Willie Totten, the Bills named McClure their starting quarterback for the October 18 contest against the New York Giants in Buffalo. The game turned out to be a defensive struggle: neither team scored until New York kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter. McClure was not helping much, throwing three interceptions. Late in the game, though, Buffalo drove down to the Giants 14, then Todd Schlopy kicked a field goal to tie it and force overtime. In the OT, McClure (whose college nickname was the GOAT) again drove the Bills down the field, this time to the 10, when Schlopy won it with another field goal. The following week, the strike was over and McClure was released.
Among players who appeared in only one NFL game, McClure's 20 completions, 38 attempts and 181 passing yards remain all-time records.
Honors[edit | edit source]
- MAC Freshman of the Year 1982
- MAC Offensive Player of the Year 1983,1984,1985
- MAC Most Valuable Player 1984,1985
- Sammy Baugh Trophy 1985
- Inducted in the Bowling Green Hall of Fame in 1991
References[edit | edit source]
- Podolski, Mark (October 20, 2017). "Mentor resident Brian McClure won his only NFL start at QB during 1987 strike season". The News-Herald. Archived from the original on October 9, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20181009210432/https://www.news-herald.com/sports/mentor-resident-brian-mcclure-won-his-only-nfl-start-at/article_653d0a2a-8d32-50ea-9495-a045d39206a3.html. Retrieved October 9, 2018.