The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed the sad news that former Falcons tight end Greg McCrary passed away Tuesday. He was 61.
According to McCrary’s brother Phil, Greg had been hospitalized on life support since falling ill earlier this week.
He suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday morning and family members began gathering at the hospital and funeral arrangements were already pending.
“We appreciate the sympathy and prayers for the family – that goes a long ways,” Phil McCrary, who is Athletics Coordinator for DeKalb County Schools, told the AJC “But he’s in a better place now. He’s in a better place.”
A fifth-round pick by the Falcons from Clark Atlanta in 1975, McCrary played three seasons with the Falcons. He also spent three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and two with the Washington Redskins.
Over the course of his NFL career, McCrary appeared in 74 games and had 13 starts.
As a tight end, he finished with 22 receptions for 228 yards and four touchdowns with an average of 10.4 yards per catch. Greg also spent time on special teams during his rookie year and returned three kicks for a total of 48 yards.
Following his NFL career, McCrary reportedly became a noted high football school coach in the Atlanta area.
Besides his brother, McCrary is survived by a son, Jonathon, who will be a freshman quarterback this fall at Vanderbilt University.