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    Tim McGarigle
    Tim McGarigle

    Defensive Graduate Assistant

    First Year

    Alma Mater:
    Northwestern, 2006


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    Tim McGarigle, the NCAA record holder for career tackles with 545, returned to his alma mater to serve as defensive graduate assistant in 2011. He previously volunteered and interned with the football program.

    A 2006 graduate of Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, McGarigle was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and spent three seasons with the franchise in addition to camping with several other NFL teams.

    A three-time All-Big Ten selection at middle linebacker, McGarigle started 40 games for Northwestern, including the last 34 in succession. He recorded double-digit tackle totals 29 times and had three games with 20 or more stops. In 2004, he led the nation with 8.5 solo tackles per game and was a consensus All-Big Ten honoree, earning first-team honors from the media while also being named NU's co-MVP.

    His senior campaign proved to be his most prolific in terms of tackles as he collected 156 en route to being named a semifinalist for both the Dick Butkus Award and Chuck Bednarik Award as a senior in 2005.

    McGarigle is a Chicago native and a graduate of Saint Patrick High School where he was the Catholic Metropolitan Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2001.