|Intro||Player of American and Canadian football|
|Birth|| 27 November 1980 |
, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Joe McGrath (born November 27, 1980 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is a professional Canadian football offensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Stampeders in the first round of the 2003 CFL Draft. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.
McGrath was coached by his father at Vanier Collegiate Institute in Moose Jaw and was considered an all-star in both football and basketball and the number two Canadian high school lineman at graduation.
McGrath played college football from 1999 through 2003 for the Miami Hurricanes, three years as a regular at left guard. He won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 2001.
First stint with Eskimos
McGrath was drafted second overall in the 2003 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders but was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent on July 7, 2004. He appeared in 15 games at left tackle in the 2004 CFL season, all 18 regular season games plus the playoffs and the victory in the 93rd Grey Cup in 2005 CFL season, and started all 18 regular season games in the 2006 CFL season. He was nominated by the Eskimos for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 2006.
On February 16, 2009, McGrath became a free agent and was reportedly signed the same day by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Second stint with Eskimos
McGrath requested a trade back to Edmonton and his request was granted on June 11, 2009. He was released on August 11, 2010.
On August 19, 2010, the BC Lions added the recently released McGrath to the offensive line. He was released during the following off-season on May 24, 2011.
On October 18, 2011, McGrath was signed to the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders.