Max Garcia
Garcia with the Denver Broncos
No. 73     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-11-09) November 9, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Norcross, Georgia
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2015 2018)
Roster status: Physically unable to perform
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (50)
  • Second Team All-SEC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     57
Games started     41

Max Garcia (born November 9, 1991) is an American football guard for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was a team captain of the Florida Gators college football team, where he was recognized as second-team all-SEC in 2014.[1] He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round, 133rd overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early LifeEdit

Garcia was named honorable mention Class 5A All-Georgia his senior year at Norcross High School. He also competed in the shot put and discuss events. Garcia traveled to Australia in the summer of 2009 to compete in World Track meet.[2]

College careerEdit

Garcia originally attended the University of Maryland before transferring to the University of Florida.[3][4] He redshirted in 2012 due to NCAA transfer rules, and started 12 games at left tackle for Maryland in 2011. Garcia started 37-of-39 games played at the University of Florida and the University of Maryland, earning starts at left tackle, left guard and center. He was voted second-team All-Southeastern Conference as a senior at Florida after starting all 13 games at center for the Gators following an offseason transition from left tackle and left guard.[5] Garcia graded out to more than 97 percent in his 757 snaps played, and was on the Rimington Trophy (nation’s top center) watch list. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions. Garcia started all 12 games and saw action at both left tackle and left guard in his first year competing with the Gators, and anchored the offensive line after being the only starter to not miss time due to injury.[6]

Garcia played in the 2015 Senior Bowl and Medal of Honor Bowl following his collegiate career.

Professional careerEdit

2015 seasonEdit

Garcia was drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round, 133rd overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft. Garcia appeared in all 16 regular-season games (5 starts) and all three postseason games, seeing time at both guard positions. He made his NFL debut vs. the Baltimore Ravens on September 13, 2015. Garcia made his first start at left guard vs. the New England Patriots on November 29, 2015, seeing action in all 79 offensive snaps at both guard spots.

On February 7, 2016, Garcia was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[7]

2016 seasonEdit

Garcia was named the starting left guard for the 2016 season by head coach Gary Kubiak. Garcia started all 16 games and played every offensive snap.[8] He allowed just three sacks in 16 games and was called for holding just twice.[9]

2017 seasonEdit

Garcia was again named starting left guard by new head coach Vance Joseph for the 2017 season.[10] He started all 16 games at left guard for the second consecutive season. He was called for holding only one time and allowed four sacks.

2018 seasonEdit

After two straight seasons as a starter, Garcia was demoted to a backup role to start the season as Ronald Leary was named the starting left guard and Connor McGovern was named the starter on the right side. He started his first game of the season at right guard in Week 6 after struggles from McGovern.[11] He was moved over to left guard the following week after Leary suffered a torn Achilles. He started the next three games there before suffering a torn ACL in practice prior to Week 11.[12] He was placed on injured reserve on November 20, 2018.[13]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On March 14, 2019, Garcia signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Max Garcia's father is Mexican and his mother is of Puerto Rican descent.[15]

Garcia majored in Family, Youth and Community Sciences at Florida.[16]


  3. Max Garcia will transfer to Florida
  4. From transfer to leader, Garcia ends Gators career at Birmingham Bowl
  5. "Max Garcia". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  7. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  8. "Max Garcia". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  10. "Denver Broncos To Start Max Garcia At Left Guard". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  11. "Max Garcia could replace Connor McGovern at right guard vs. Rams". October 11, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  12. Alper, Josh (November 16, 2018). "Broncos lose Max Garcia to a torn ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  13. DiLalla, Aric (November 20, 2018). "Broncos place Max Garcia on IR, sign Cyrus Kouandjio".
  14. "Arizona Cardinals to sign guard Max Garcia per report". March 14, 2019.

External linksEdit

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