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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 11, 2013 – 2:19 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent linebacker Josh McNary and placed him on the team’s Reserve/Military List. McNary, who is currently commissioned in the United States Army, will finish his active duty service prior to joining the team.


“Josh had an outstanding career at West Point,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His production speaks for itself, but his intangibles rival any stats. He is still fulfilling the commitment he made to serving our country, but we look forward to him wearing the horseshoe here in the near future.”


McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, finished his career as Army’s all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).


As a senior in 2010, McNary capped off his career by returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The win gave Army its first winning season since 1996 and first postseason victory since the 1985 Peach Bowl.


Following his senior year, McNary was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete’s achievements and conduct, both on and off the field. Upon his graduation from West Point, McNary was commissioned as an officer in the Army, which prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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  1. By Colton on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Good pickup!! Can’t wait until next season.

  2. By conbro8 on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Great pickup! His story sort of reminds me of Freeman. Go Colts, and thank you for your service Mr. McNary!

  3. By Carl Turner on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    We gotta run and pick something up real quick men…..ANOTHER LOMBARDI TROPHY!!!!

  4. By Elaine Lockwood on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    WOW he sounds impressive..

  5. By Coltsfan on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Look out Lombardi, here we come!

  6. By Coltsfan on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    The Colts are stacked this year all thanks to our very impressive coaching staff!

  7. By Bob Stadelmayer on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    I love it when we give players with strong character a shot. Too many teams are willing to take players inspite of a history of multiple run ins with the law. Got love players who are positive role models.

  8. By Frank on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    wow there really is no rock unturned to search for tallent who would of ever thought….the army!

  9. By Frank on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    wonder how long we got to wait to see him play?

  10. By Sharon on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Sounds like a great pick for our COLTS and as always I would like to thank you for your service to this great country McNary welcome to true blue GO COLTS !!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By D. Mejean on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    So awesome to acquire a great player and support the military all in one! The icing on the cake is that he was roommates with our son at West Point prep school! We gotta go see a game when our son is back from deployment!

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