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Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Tremain Mack #3 S/KR (1994-1996)

Tremain Mack
Tyler, TX
HS:Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX)
College:Da U
Drafted:1997/4 Rd/#111
Pro Bowls:1 (1999)
NFL Team(s)
1997-00 Cincinnati Bengals #34
2004 Louisville Fire (AF2)
2005-06 San Jose Sabercats (AFL) #24
2005- Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
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Played three seasons (94-96) at the University of Miami...Entered the NFL draft following his junior season...Named to the Big East Conference 1990s All-Decade Team and Special Teams Player of the Decade...All-Big East first-team strong safety and conference's special teams Player of the Year following 1996 season...Set school record with 514 KOR yards on just 13 attempts (39.5 avg.)...Selected as Big East Player of the Week four times...Named MVP of 1996 Carquest Bowl after scoring TDs on a 79-yard fumble return and a 42-yard INT return...Also blocked a field goal attempt in Miami's 31-21 win over Virginia...Blocked 11 kicks over his final two seasons.

Byline: Steven Wine Associated Press

The Miami Hurricanes started shoving Virginia around during warmup drills, then relied on Tremain Mack to deliver the biggest blows.

Mack scored twice on turnovers and blocked a kick Friday to help Miami claim its first bowl victory in five years, 31-21, in the Carquest Bowl.

Mack's 79-yard fumble return and 42-yard interception return gave Miami a 24-7 halftime lead, and he blocked Rafael Garcia's 29-yard field-goal attempt to protect a 10-point lead in the third quarter.

No. 19 Miami (9-3) finished the season with three consecutive wins. Unranked Virginia (7-5) fell to 0-8 in Florida.

The Hurricanes took the field with an attitude reminiscent of their ill-mannered national championship teams. As they came out of the stadium tunnel 45 minutes before the game and made their way through the Virginia team conducting drills, players began pushing and shoving.

At least one Virginia player was knocked to the ground, and witnesses along the sideline said punches were thrown before coaches quickly separated the sides.

The Hurricanes' feistiness carried over into the game. After scoring to take a 24-7 lead, the kickoff unit began dancing in the huddle as the partisan crowd roared.

There was also plenty of hard hitting. Virginia's Tiki Barber, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, bruised his left hip in the first quarter and was limited to 14 yards in seven carries.

Miami's Yatil Green caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Clement but later left the game with a jaw injury.

Clement, a junior, passed for a career-high 274 yards, completing 16 of 26 attempts with two interceptions.

Mack was a unanimous choice as the most valuable player. He came away with one of four turnovers in a wild first quarter, scooping up Thomas Jones' fumble and racing along the sideline untouched to make the score 14-0.

Mack struck again in the second period, stepping in front of Tim Sherman's pass near the sideline to score for a 24-7 lead.

Games Played (9 games; 1996)
Pass Breakups (2; 1996)
Tackles (70; 1996)
Interceptions (1; 1996)
Tackles Game (14 vs Baylor 1995)

Attended Chapel Hill High School in Tyler, TX.



Drafted in the 4th round (111th overall) by the Bengals in 1997
Signed as a free agent on October 18, 2004 with San Jose SaberCats of AFL

Combine Results
Combine Invite? Yes
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200
40 Yrd Dash: 4.50
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 10'4"

Played in 44 games with 4 starts over his four NFL seasons...Bengals career leader with 3,583 KOR yards and 146 total returns...Made his only NFL starts during the first four weeks of his rookie season...Intercepted a John Elway pass at Denver for his only career INT (9/21/97)...Set Bengals game record with 212 KOR yards (on 7 returns) vs Denver (11/1/98)...Tied for AFC's longest KOR of 1998 going 97-yards for a TD at Baltimore (9/27)...Won 1999 AFC kickoff return title with a 27.1-yard average and became first Bengal to lead conference and voted to Pro Bowl as a kick return specialist...Had a 99-yard TD return vs Tennessee, second longest KOR in team history (11/14/99)...Returned 2 KOs for 65 yards and a punt for 26 yards in Pro Bowl (2/6/00)...Played 4 games with 10.5 tackles and a PBU for Louisville Fire of af2 in 2004.

Also known as T-Mack, is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League. He played four years for the Cincinnati Bengals, primarily as a special teams kick returner. In 1998, he finished 2nd for in the AFC, with 1165 yards on 45 returns. He was later selected to the 1999 Pro Bowl.

Mack retired as the Bengals all time leader in kick return yards with 3,583.

Three analysts had Tremain Mack rated as the No. 1 safety in the draft and another had him ranked No. 3.

So how, then, was he available when the Bengals made him the 111th selection overall in the fourth round of the draft on Sunday?

Try six arrests in the last four years, several of which were allegedly alcohol related, including a drunk-driving charge in September of 1996.

The Bengals knew of Mack's checkered past, but his talent and numerous conversations with Mack and University of Miami coaches convinced them he was worth the risk.

''With all the investigation we've done on him and the people we've talked to, those problems seem to be behind him,'' said Bengals head coach Bruce Coslet.

Mack, who entered the draft as a junior, had an outstanding season in 1996. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder, who will be used at strong safety with the Bengals, scored touchdowns four different ways: an interception return, a fumble return, a blocked punt return and a kickoff return.

He led Miami to a 31-21 win over Virginia in the Carquest Bowl, returning a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown.

Mack blocked 10 kicks in his last two seasons.

''He can turn a game around with his play,'' said Bengals defensive backs coach Ray Horton.

That's what left Mack disappointed that he slipped to the fourth round.

''Honestly, I can tell you I didn't think I'd be around,'' he said.

But he says he understands why.

''Who wants to take a guy that's a bust or that something can happen to any day,'' Mack said. ''The things that I've gone through, a lot of them have been victim of circumstance - being in the wrong place at the wrong time.''

He says that's what happened in his DUI arrest last September.

''I wasn't even going to leave the house that night,'' he said. ''I had some friends over and my little brother called and he had some friends come over and they had gotten drunk. I told them they couldn't drive home and I took them home. I was so tired after the Rutgers game that night and I had been drinking, too. I just fell asleep at the wheel. I should have made a better decision. I should have made them stay at my house.''

Mack was given a four-game suspension at the start of the 1999 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Once Mack returned, he averaged 27.1 yards per kick return in 12 games, best in the AFC, and became the first Bengals kick returner to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He's averaged 23 yards per kick return this season.

Career highlights
  • 1999 All-Pro First-Team
  • 1996 All-Big East First-Team
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2009 )
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