Former Auburn Tiger Tony McClain: AFL Rookie with a Lot of Roar

Alice MeikleCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2008

Former Auburn Tiger Tony McClain is ready to make splash on to the scene in the Arena Football League. 

A product of the Arena Football development league (AF2), Tony has cultivated the skills and professionalism to play at another level. 

Don’t get this twisted, but McClain is also the product a well establish football institution, Auburn University. 

Famous for his agility and excellent pass rushing abilities, Tony was an easy sell to the Kansas City Brigade.  McClain, who previously played for the Rio Grande Dorados, is one of four players who got promoted to the AFL.  His other defensive line teammates, Tolifili Liafau and Quinton Staton, were offered contracts with the Arizona Rattlers and Orlando Predators. 

McClain, 25, is a San Marcos, Texas, native, who appeared in seven games for the Dorados and made a quick impact, posting 10.5 tackles and 4.5 sacks, while adding 5.5 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries.  

His second=quarter sack on July 7 at Laredo pushed the Dorados season total to 53, setting a single-season AF2 record for sacks.   The team finished with 66.

McClain (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) attended Coffeyville Community College and Auburn University. He studied physical education and minored in sociology at Auburn.    

Where do you call home?   

Houston, Texas. 

What is the name of your hometown newspaper?

Houston Chronicle. 

Your favorite hang out?

Sharpstown Mall, in Houston. 

NFL Network or ESPN? ESPN Classic, ESPN News, ESPN SportsCenter—all day, ESPN. 

Favorite Local Gym? 


Favorite song of all time? 

All Eyes On Me, by Tupac Shukur. 

Who do you admire in the NFL at your position? 

Michael Strahan.

Which coach made a lasting impression on you while growing?

[High school basketball] Coach Bennett Hatton.  

If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing? 

Coaching football, because I have a lot to give back to the game.  

Famous Family Member?

My brother Ira McClain died in a car accident. He's the most famous, because of the memories he left behind. 

Best quote you have ever heard? 

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever”. 

Pet Peeve? 

People eating with their mouth open. 

Who is the person that you admire the most? 

Martin Luther King 

Who is in your entourage? 

Rob May, Troy Graham, Mike Togfal and Pat Horn 

Alone on an island for 30 days with no food, what four things would you need to survive? 

Music, a fishing pole, and pen and paper.

I am sure there is an AFL player out there that you will like to play against, if so, who is he? 

Former AF2 teammate ToliFili Liafau, Arizona Rattlers. 

Kickboxing or yoga? 


What would be the title of a book that tells your life story? 


What did you do in the off season? 

Teaching high school.  

Last Movie You Saw? American Gangster 

What is your biggest challenge as a defensive end?  

Staying low. 

Pregame routine?  

Praying and listening to Tupac’s greatest hits on my iPod. 

Who is your biggest fan? 

Tatum Faith McClain, my two-year-old daughter.


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