By the time he was in college, Joe McKnight had developed a reputation for being a top-notch quarterback.
He finished his freshman year at Duke with 2,859 passing yards and 19 touchdowns.
But when he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007, the team had only two Heisman Trophy winners, a rookie quarterback and a two-time All-Pro safety.
He was in his first year in the NFL, and his stock was rising.
McKnight had an impressive junior season.
He threw for 3,942 yards and 29 touchdowns, earning second-team All-ACC honors and a spot on the NFL draft’s All-Rookie team.
He went on to play for the Buccaneers for three seasons, winning two Super Bowls, and eventually became a Hall of Famer.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and became one of the league’s most polarizing players.
McKnight was never considered a franchise quarterback, and he was always criticized for being inconsistent, a trait that helped lead to him getting benched in Tampa Bay’s playoff loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
In 2010, after the team parted ways with quarterback Mike Tomlin, McKnight moved to Arizona to become a defensive back.
That same year, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
That summer, he became the first player in franchise history to win a Super Bowl.
McKnight was a key contributor in the Colts’ run to the Super Bowl in 2015, helping them win a record 10 straight games and clinch a berth in the title game against the Denver Broncos.
He caught passes from Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck in the postseason.
McConnell, the former Buccaneers quarterback, was a member of the Tampa squad that won the Super Cup that year.
But it was a disastrous season, as the Bucs were swept by the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.
McDonnell, however, was back in the Superdome for a third time in 2016, this time as the Tampa offensive coordinator, and the Bucs won the division for the second time in three years.
McDavid, the longtime Buccaneers cornerback, has played at a Pro Bowl level in his career.
McDaniels, the Hall of Famers at linebacker, has won two Pro Bowls in his NFL career.
But he’s also been one of two coaches to lose in his fifth season.
He’s the only coach to win at least six consecutive seasons in Tampa.
McElwain, the defensive coordinator for the Rams, is the only head coach to have his team finish with a winning record every year since the start of the NFL’s modern era.
He’s won two Superbowls and three division titles.
McGregor, the head coach at Oregon, has a record of 25-17 and a 3-0 Pac-12 mark.
He also is the winningest coach in college football history.
McLoughlin, the NFL head coach, is second to none for wins (10), seasons (12), wins in the playoff (3) and postseason wins (2).
McElway, the coach at Denver, has two Super bowl wins and one national championship.
McVay, the college football coach at LSU, is third in school history in wins (12) and has won three national championships.
McWann, the offensive coordinator for UCLA, is also the winning coach in school football history, winning the school’s first national title in 1996.
McTary, the senior defensive coordinator at Florida State, is one of only six head coaches in school sports history to have at least 10 national championships, along with the likes of Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells.
McWhorter, the assistant head coach for Georgia, is a winner and the winning head coach in program history.
Mullen, the graduate assistant for the Indianapolis Falcons, is in his second season as an NFL head football coach and his first as an offensive coordinator.
McGill, the Miami Dolphins head coach is one win away from his first winning season in franchise football history after guiding the Dolphins to a 6-6 record last season.
McNeese, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator is second only to Walsh, who coached in Miami and San Diego, in wins and seasons.
McMahon, the Tampa Buccaneers head coach and the Falcons offensive line coach, has also won four national championships in his four seasons in the Tampa area.
McGuire, the New York Jets head coach has won four NFL championships and was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
He became the youngest head coach ever to win an NFL championship at 38 years, 177 days.
McSorley, the Saints assistant offensive line coaches, is now the winning offensive coordinator in franchise-record eight straight seasons.
McSorleys first NFL head coaching job came in 2012 with the Buffalo Bills.
McVeigh, the Indianapolis Jets head football and men’s basketball coach, was the first head coach since Bob