T.J. McDonald plays safety for the St. Louis Rams. He attended the University of Southern California and was a First-Team All-American selection in 2011 before joining the Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft.
McDonald was born on January 26, 1991 in Fresno, CA and played high school football for the Edison High School. After a stellar four-year career for the Tigers, he was ranked as the second-best safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Following the footsteps of his father Tim, who played 13 seasons in the NFL, he committed to play football at the University of Southern California.
University of Southern California
As a true freshman in 2009, McDonald played on special teams and saw limited action as a backup safety, recording seven tackles in 13 games. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore and led the Trojans with 89 tackles while adding three interceptions, earning Second-Team All-Pac 10 honors. After making three more interceptions for USC in 2011, he received First-Team All-American honors and was named an All-Pac 10 first team selection. He finished his college career in 2012 with his finest season yet, leading the team with 112 tackles and picking off two passes.
St. Louis Rams
McDonald graduated from USC following the 2012 season and the St. Louis Rams drafted him with the 71st overall pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He earned a starting spot at safety on opening day and made 18 tackles during his first four games before suffering a fractured leg against the San Francisco 49ers. He missed six games with the injury and ended his rookie campaign with 53 tackles and an interception.
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