Former New England Patriots linebacker Lawrence McGrew died Friday, April 2, 2004. He was 46-years old.
McGrew played 10 seasons for the New England Patriots before finishing his career with the New York Giants in 1990. He was originally drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft (45th overall) after earning defensive MVP honors as a senior at Southern Cal. He started 98 of 122 games over the next 10 seasons (1980-89) for the Patriots and compiled 730 career tackles, including 14.5 sacks. McGrew recorded a career high in 1984 with 167 total tackles. He completed his 11-year career as a member of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in 1990.
McGrew was born in Berkeley, Calif., on July 23, 1957 and attended Berkeley High School before enrolling at Contra Costa Junior College. After one season at Contra Costa, he transferred to Southern Cal