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John McKay, Jr.
No. 89     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-03-28) March 28, 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth: Eugene, Oregon
Career information
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 16 / Pick: 394
Debuted in 1976 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 1978 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
*Offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     41
Receiving yards     632
Touchdowns     2
Stats at

John Kenneth "J.K." McKay[1] (born March 28, 1953) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League.

College career

McKay played college football at USC, where he played on the 1972 and 1974 National Championship teams and caught, among many others, a 38-yard touchdown pass from long time best friend, quarterback Pat Haden in the fourth quarter of the 1975 Rose Bowl game. He was named co-MVP of the game along with Haden.

McKay was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.

Professional career

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 16th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, but opted instead to play for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League due to a dislike for the Cleveland area.[2] The Browns made him available in the 1976 veteran allocation draft, where he was selected by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Tampa Bay, McKay started at receiver for three controversial seasons. Quarterback Steve Spurrier's belief that McKay was playing ahead of better receivers because he was the son of head coach John McKay, led him to throw passes over the vulnerable middle of the field in an attempt to get McKay injured.[3] On the other hand, he was a reliable pass-catcher[4] whom opposing defenses considered as a legitimate threat.[5] He was forced to retire due to complications from a broken hand.[6]

After retiring from professional football, McKay became a successful trial attorney in the Tampa area. In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles and continued practicing law as a partner with the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory. In 2001, he took a position as General Manager of the Los Angeles Xtreme in the XFL. The Xtreme were the first and only national champions of the League.

In 2010. McKay became Senior Associate Athletic Director of the University of Southern California.


McKay is a son of former USC Trojan and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay and the older brother of former Buccaneers general manager and current Atlanta Falcons president, Rich McKay.

McKay is married and has three children.

He is often referred to as "J. K." in the press, but is more commonly known as "John" or "Johnny".[2]

Attended Stetson University College of Law.[6]

McKay was the general manager for the Los Angeles Xtreme of the defunct XFL.[7]

On July 20, 2010 he was named the Associate Athletic Director at USC.


  1. David Wharton, Pat Haden is still a dashing figure, Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2010, Accessed July 25, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mizell, Hubert. "McKay's son: barrier to surmount". St. Petersburg Times. 6 Jul 1976. 1C
  3. Hummer, Steve. "Rozier Is One Gruff 'Husker". The Palm Beach Post. 2 Dec 1983. D4
  4. Martz, Ron. "Bucs want it known: Some white receivers have speed". St. Petersburg Times. 25 Sep 1976. 1C
  5. Ledger Staff. "Sunday Scouting Report: Tampa Bay at Dallas". Lakeland Ledger. 1 Oct 1977. 3D
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gurney, Jack. "Receiver Johnny McKay May Be Done As Buccaneer". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 7 Aug 1979. 1-C
  7. J.K. McKay Named as Los Angeles Xtreme General Manager