Don McPherson

Don McPherson

Don McPherson
McPherson, speaking at a pep rally for the Syracuse Orange, at the 2009 New York State Fair.
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-04-02) April 2, 1965
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL draft: 1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 149
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Passes completed-passes attempted (%): 211-497 (42.5%)
TD-INT: 14-28
Passing yards: 3,248
College Football Hall of Fame

Donald G. McPherson (born April 2, 1965) is a former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback. He spent seven seasons in the NFL and CFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Ottawa Rough-Riders.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988 after a college career at Syracuse University during which he won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and finished second in the 1987 Heisman Trophy voting. He also played for the Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough-Riders. His accomplishments during his tenure at Syracuse propelled him to be inducted into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame announced on May 1, 2008.

After retiring from football in 1994, McPherson joined the staff of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, before becoming the first executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University. As a feminist and social activist he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs, and regularly speaks at college campuses as a critic of gender roles, stating that the standard constructions of masculinity and femininity both limit men's emotions and overall well-being as well as contribute to "gendered violence" such as domestic violence, stalking, and rape. In this capacity he has testified before hearings of the United States House of Representatives.

McPherson is currently a college football commentator for Big East football on regional sports cable network SportsNet New York.[1]

He is the younger brother of former NFL player and pastor Miles McPherson.


  1. ^ "SNY promotes its move beyond the Mets". Sports Business Journal. September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

External links

  • Bio at Adelphi University
  • 2004 Congressional Testimony - Transcript
  • McPherson: Be a "real" real man (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article)
  • Davey O'Brien Award