American Football Database
Robert McCune
No. 45     Toronto Argonauts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 43)
Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Debuted in 2005 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Conference USA (2003)
  • First-team All-Conference USA (2004)
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Tackles     9
Sacks     0
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at

Robert McCune (born March 9, 1979 in Mobile, Alabama) is a linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

McCune has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and the Calgary Stampeders.

Early years

McCune attended LeFlore High School in Mobile, Alabama, playing football for coach Ray Parker. He was a two-year letter-winner on the gridiron and four year letter-winner in track. He finished third at the state meet in the 100-meter dash and second in the 4x100-meter relay, and also won back-to-back state powerlifting titles as a junior and senior for LeFlore's Powerlifting Team

Military service

After high school, McCune served three years in the United States National Guard - a component of the United States Army - where he spent six months stationed in Korea and six months in Kuwait.

College career

After being redshirted at Louisville in 2000, McCune was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2001 as a key member of the kick coverage units. He logged 14 tackles (nine solo) while playing in all thirteen games on special teams and as a reserve linebacker.

In 2002, McCune played in every game, taking over middle linebacker duties in the final two contests against Houston and Marshall when starter Rod Day was injured. McCune recorded 48 tackles (20 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses of 4 yards and a quarterback pressure on the year.

McCune earned third-team All-Conference USA honors in 2003. He started every game at middle linebacker, leading the team and ranked seventh in the conference with a career-high 143 tackles (83 solos). He had four sacks for -11 yards and five stops for losses of 12 yards. He intercepted a pass and deflected five others.

McCune was an All-Conference USA first-team selection after starting every game at middle linebacker as a senior in 2004. He led the team for the second-straight year with 115 tackles (57 solos), including two sacks for -16 yards and four stops for losses of 20 yards. He returned an interception seven yards and deflected four passes.

Following the season, McCune impressed professional scouts by making big hits and showing aggressive play during Senior Bowl week.

He graduated with a degree in education.

Professional career

Washington Redskins

McCune was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the Redskins' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on November 6, 2005. He played in five games and two playoff games, logging seven special teams tackles. He made his professional debut in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and led the team in special teams tackles with three in a Week 10 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCune struggled during training camp with the Redskins in 2006, with then-linebackers coach Dale Lindsey saying his development was "not where we want it to be." McCune was once again waived prior to the regular season in 2006 and rejoined the Redskins' practice squad. He remained there until December 12, when he was signed to the active roster of the Miami Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins

In Miami, McCune replaced veteran linebacker Keith Newman, who was waived the following day. McCune was inactive for the final three games of the season.

McCune was waived by the Dolphins following the 2007 preseason.

Baltimore Ravens

On November 14, 2007, the Baltimore Ravens signed McCune to their practice squad. He was later promoted to the active roster, recording four tackles in two games.

On April 7, 2008 McCune was re-signed as an exclusive-rights free agent. He was released during final cuts on August 30. The Ravens re-signed McCune on November 11 only to release him on November 20. The Ravens re-signed McCune on December 31 when wide receiver Marcus Maxwell was placed on injured reserve.

He was non-tendered on March 14, 2009, and became a free agent.

Cleveland Browns

McCune signed with the Cleveland Browns on August 20, 2009. He was waived on August 31.

Calgary Stampeders

The Stampeders of the CFL signed McCune on April 20, 2010. McCune was released on June 16, 2012.[1]

Toronto Argonauts

On June 21, 2012, McCune signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.


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