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Fear "The Beard": Who is Sean McGrath?

When Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce went down with injuries, the Kansas City Chiefs were looking thin at the tight end position. That’s putting it lightly.

Chicago native Sean McGrath, a 6-5 247 pound former Henderson State “Reddie” is quickly becoming a fan favorite around Arrowhead. His most notable feature is a Duck Dynasty style beard, complete with a shaved head that gives him his unique look; especially with the beard protruding around the chin strap of his helmet. But looks aside, this Chiefs’ tight end is becoming a good target for quarterback Alex Smith.

His college career began with Eastern Illinois University where, in 2008, he caught 28 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. He then transferred to Henderson State University where he finished 2011 with 55 receptions for 656 yards and three touchdowns. McGrath was injured in 2012, and as a result went undrafted. He ended up on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad during the 2012 season; where he was active for only two games and did not record any stats. After some on-again, off-again signings with the Seahawks, he was eventually released and claimed off waivers by the Chiefs on September 1st.

On September 29th against the New York Giants, McGrath was the leading receiver on the day with 65 yards and his first career touchdown.

“I found myself sitting open right in the back of the end zone there and as Coach (Andy) Reid would say, (Alex) dotted me with the ball,” McGrath said, per Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “I saw it come in and all I was thinking was just catch it, catch it, catch it.”

For Chiefs Kingdom, “The Beard” is proving himself on the field by making key plays and extending drives. As the two starting tight ends continue to try to get back on the field, we can be sure that McGrath will be a steady target. Smith, from his time in San Francisco, loves throwing to tight ends, and considering McGrath has caught 11 of the 13 total passes thrown his way for 126 yards and a score this season, you can be sure Smith will be looking for the “Beard” down the field.

What do you think of “The Beard” Addicts? Comment below.

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  • Nemoi

    Sean McGrath looks like Bull from Night Court, if anyone actually remembers that show. I really like him. Bet we have a change in the lineup once our other tight ends get healthy. Bye, bye Tony Moeaki. I’ll always remember that leaping catch in the back of the end zone but not much else.

    • Jim Harper

      That is seriously funny. I do remember “Bull” and if you shave off the beard he would be a dead ringer. Moeaki is already gone. He may be tough to unseat from the starter spot once Fasano and Kelce are healthy again. Brock will probably then move to the practice squad.

      • Michael Shaw

        Yeah, but only if he frowns more! GO BLOODBATH MCGRATH!!!!!!

    • thabear04

      I thought Tony Moeaki was gone from this Roster but he is on are IR.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Too many good TE’s is a good problem to have once they all get healthy that is

    • Neal Woods

      Agreed. Can you imagine the match-up headaches of a multiple TE set where each are receiving threats? YOWSA!

  • Joe Myers

    What most impressed me is the next man up mantra seems like dorsey is the man for the job !!!!!

    • Stykman81

      Agreed. Depth through due diligance … instead of expensive and risky splashes.

  • Patrick Allen

    Not sure how solid his blocking is but the dude is showing some solid hands. Has to be in consideration to keep starting.

    • thabear04

      Mess up once that I remember in the Jags game when they got that safety but other than that he been great

  • ArrowFan

    He could trim it just a little don’t you think? You know just to even it out. Pioli would be having a fit over that Beard.

    • gaden

      Pioli would not have signed him in the first place.

      • berttheclock

        Pioli would have never checked the waiver wire. Once, he set the 53 out of training camp, he would have started working on his personal bio.

    • thabear04

      Maybe he trying to be like brett keisel

  • d-block

    Time to go buy his jersey.

  • Jared Watson

    Love a come-out-of-no-where guy doing his darndest to make it and is in KC. The beard finishes it off just right.

  • berttheclock

    Nick, you should have begun with his high school days. He played for a spread team, but, he played linebacker where he became known for trying to “pancake” opposing players That led to his scholarship at Eastern Illinois, but, he was a little too much into “party hardy” and his parents believed the tea total atmosphere of a university in Arkansas with a religious background would bring him back to earth. It did and the Large Buffalo began to roam in those Ouachita Mountains, which means in Choctaw, “Large Buffalo”. Let young Mr McGrath stampede amok, especially, over Broncos.

    • Stykman81

      Indeed. Would love to see the Bearded Buffalo roam Mile High.

  • berttheclock

    When, I first started reading about him, I saw articles in the Seattle Times. The writers commented about how much he was liked by fellow players. Near the end of training camp, they noted there was a glut in TEs and someone with talent might be released. The writer of one article thought Schneider would keep him. However, he ended up trying to sneak both McGrath and Harper from K-State through waivers. Dorsey plucked McGrath and Baalke took Harper for the Niners where the word is they plan to use him as a TE/H-back.

  • oldchiefsfan

    Let the beard grow. He can go ZZ Top if he keeps playing like he has been. MCBEARD!!!!

  • Michael Shaw

    Ha, ha!! I just noticed Nick has a smaller Bloodbath McGrath beard of his own!!!!!! Too funny!!!

  • Gene Yuknis

    the good, the beard, and the ugly!! keep goin chiefs!!!!!!

  • Gwoody

    He is a beast

  • Neal Woods

    I think The Beard may be a key to victory on Sunday. Titan corners are top-flight players … and the Titan’s rush isn’t shabby. I would look for the Titans to shadow Charles, which may leave McGrath as the lunch-pail man again … with some McCluster peppered in. We will have to do something to keep their D honest … and McGrath looks like a man for the job.