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July 31, 2011


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Sunday signed running back Willis McGahee, it was announced.

(6-0, 235 pounds) is a ninth-year player who spent the past four seasons with Baltimore after four years with Buffalo. Originally drafted by the Bills in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft from the University of Miami, McGahee has three 1,000-yard rushing seasons to his credit, and his 55 rushing touchdowns since his rookie season in 2004 rank third in the NFL.

In 105 career games (66 starts), he totaled 1,541 carries for 6,167 yards (4.0 avg.) with 55 touchdowns in addition to 164 receptions for 1,047 yards (6.4 avg.) and four scores. He also appeared in seven postseason contests (1 start), tallying 75 rushes for 271 yards (3.6 avg.) with four touchdowns and 10 receptions for 70 yards (7.0 avg.).

He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007, following his first season with the Ravens in which he registered 1,207 yards on 294 carries (4.1 avg.) with seven touchdowns to go along with a career-high 43 receptions for 231 yards and one score. He ended his four-year tenure with Baltimore as the franchise’s second-leading rusher (2,802 yards).

After not playing for the Bills as a rookie in 2003 due to a knee injury suffered in his final collegiate game, he spent three years (2004-07) under the tutelage of current Broncos Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville. During his time in Buffalo under Studesville, he recorded 14 100-yard games and became the fastest back in team history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards (26 games).

McGahee played 21 games during his collegiate career with the Hurricanes, totaling 349 carries for 2,067 yards (5.9 avg.) with both figures ranking fifth in school annals. He was a consensus first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy following his senior season in 2002 when he broke the program’s season records for rushing yards (1,753 yards) and rushing touchdowns (28).

He attended Central High School in Miami, rushing for 771 yards and 14 touchdowns in just eight games and 77 carries (10.0 avg.) during his senior season. Willis Andrew McGahee III was born on Oct. 20, 1981, in Miami.

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