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Justin McCareins
McCareins in November 2008
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver[1]
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-12-01) December 1, 1978 (age 42)[2]
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Northern Illinois
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Debuted in 2001 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Justin Morgan McCareins[1] (born December 1, 1978)[2] is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northern Illinois.

McCareins also played for the New York Jets.

Early years

He went to Peacock Middle School located in Itasca, Illinois. McCareins first attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois for one semester. He would then transfer to Naperville North High School where he was a teammate of future NFL running back Chris Brown. McCareins played college football at Northern Illinois University. He is the school's all-time leading receiver in terms of yards. He holds the record for longest receiving touchdown with a 99-yard touchdown reception vs Ball State. He was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame during the Huskies game against Kent State on Oct. 8, 2011.

Professional career

First stint with Titans

After being drafted by the Titans, in 2003 McCareins had a career year with the Tennessee Titans gaining over 800 yards receiving as a slot receiver, had a punt return for a touchdown, and had 1 rush for 13 yards. He also recorded 7 touchdowns. He played an important role for the Titans, especially in their 2002-2003 playoff campaign. He set up the game winning field goal in overtime by catching 31-yard and 22-yard passes from quarterback Steve McNair.

After the 2003 season, he was traded to the New York Jets.

New York Jets

McCareins signed a 7 year 30 million dollar contract with the New York Jets after the 2003 season. After the trade McCareins was rated 89 overall on Madden 2004.

The Jets finally released him after the 2007 season, the 4th year on his 7 year contract.

Return to Tennessee

On March 12, 2008, McCareins re-joined the Titans on a one-year, $1 million contract after four seasons with the Jets. On September 21, 2008, McCareins caught a 17 yard pass from quarterback Kerry Collins, making Collins only the 15th player in NFL history to pass for over 30,000 yards.

Post NFL

McCareins is now reportedly not playing in the NFL, but living in Broward County, Florida, and pursuing a career in law enforcement.


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