A third Chesterfield County product has signed with the NFL as a non-drafted free agent. Former L.C. Bird and University of Richmond linebacker Eric McBride signed with the Washington Redskins, and is currently in training camp.
McBride, a standout at both the University of Richmond (UR) and L.C. Bird, logged 119 tackles, two interceptions and a sack as a senior with the Spiders. His performance earned him the CAA Football Co-Defensive Player of the Year award, and a spot on the All-CAA first team. The last time a Richmond defender won the defensive player of the year award was in 1998, when defensive lineman Marc Megna took home the honor.
In 2007, as a freshman at UR, McBride recorded a career high 126 tackles and also won CAA defensive rookie of the year.
L.C. Bird head coach David Bedwell has not been surprised with McBride’s success.
“Eric is one of the hardest working players we ever had,” said Bedwell. “He is also the most versatile player I have ever coached; (during his time at Bird) he played tight end, full back, wide receiver and tail back on offense, and linebacker, defensive end and strong safety on defense.”
The now-Washington Redskin was also a part of the 2008 team that won the FCS National championship game over Montana 24-7. That national title was the first national title of any kind of for the University of Richmond.
Now McBride will take his skills to the pros in hopes of earning a roster spot with the hometown Redskins.
McBride joined Brandian Ross (Meadowbrook, Youngstown St., Green Bay) and John Graves (Meadowbrook, Virginia Tech, Houston) as the third area player to sign an NFL contract.