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In This Episode:
- How long it takes to heal from a season of football
- What hurts the most after a season
- Why some football players can’t be in the media anymore
- The evolution of Offensive
- At what age he knew he was a little different
- The point when your dream stops
- What his motivation is at this point in his career (hint, it’s not the money)
- What message he’s hoping he sends his younger brother
- What he thinks Tom Brady’s motivation is
- Patrick Mahomes
“I got to do a lot of fun things in high school. But I always knew I was gonna be playing offensive line because as soon as schools started recruiting me, that’s what they told me I was gonna be playing.” ~Mike McGlinchey
“That’s why football’s the greatest game in the world. It’s a team game, and you can’t let your brother and your teammate down, and you’re one 11th of an operation, and everybody’s job is of the same importance.” ~Mike McGlinchey
“The ultimate goal isn’t looking good on Instagram like these kids worry about, you know, I didn’t worry about that when I was in high school, but it’s a different generation, right? And it’s not about the scholarship offer; it’s not about all those. Obviously, those things are fruits of the labor that you put in. But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning.” ~Mike McGlinchey
“The motivation has to come from inside.” ~Mike McGlinchey
“He [Tom Brady] was the GOAT at staying on top of the mountain.” ~Mike McGlinchey
“My grandfather always said, ‘You’re a great teammate first, and that’s the most important, important thing.’ And I’ve always tried to live like that.” ~Mike McGlinchey
McGlinchey attended St. Joseph/St. Robert School (Warrington, Pennsylvania) and William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Along with football, he also played basketball in high school. He committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.
After redshirting his first year at Notre Dame in 2013, McGlinchey played in all 13 games with one start in 2014. In 2015, he became a starter and started all 13 games at right tackle. Prior to 2016, he moved from right to left tackle. McGlinchey said he would be returning to Notre Dame for his fifth year of eligibility. He was named a team captain. He ended his collegiate career appearing in 51 games with 39 starts.
The San Francisco 49ers selected McGlinchey in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. McGlinchey was the first offensive tackle drafted in 2018 and was the second offensive lineman selected, behind Notre Dame teammate Quenton Nelson (sixth overall).
McGlinchey entered training camp slated as the starting right tackle, replacing Trent Brown, who departed via trade. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named him the starting right tackle to begin the regular season, opposite starting left tackle Joe Staley. As a rookie, he started in all 16 games for the 49ers.
In 2019, McGlinchey played in 12 games and helped the 49ers with 13 games. He missed four games during the season due to a knee injury. He helped the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers to reach Super Bowl LIV. However, the 49ers lost 31–20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
On May 1, 2021, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on McGlinchey’s contract. The option guarantees a salary of $10.9 million for the 2022 season. He suffered a torn quadriceps in Week 9 and was placed on injured reserve on November 10, 2021, ending his season.