Packers Add Size To Receiving Corps, Sign 6-3 McCullough As Free Agent


McCullough was named MVP of the 1999 World Bowl

Adding size to their receiving corps, the Green Bay Packers have signed Andy McCullough, a 6-3, 211-pound free agent and former NFL Europe League standout, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Tuesday.

McCullough, a 26-year-old University of Tennessee alumnus, ranked fourth among NFLEL receivers in 2001, making 41 catches for 460 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Two years earlier, he led the Galaxy to the league championship, ranking second in the NFLEL in receiving yards with 883, third in touchdowns with 10 and fourth in receptions with 48.

McCullough went on to finish that highly productive '99 season with a flourish, winning Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Galaxy to a 38-24 victory over the Barcelona Dragons in the World Bowl, snaring 6 passes for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Originally selected by New Orleans in the seventh round of the 1998 draft (the 204th player chosen), McCullough was waived by the Saints during the preseason. He subsequently spent portions of the '98 season on the practice squads of Miami (Sept. 1-16), Detroit (Sept. 23-Oct. 6) and Arizona (Nov. 18 until the end of the season).

Signed as a "future" by Arizona Jan. 11, 1999, he was allocated to Frankfurt of the NFLEL, returning to the Cardinals for training camp. Seeing action in three games with Arizona, he caught 3 passes for 45 yards, a 15.0-yard average, with a long of 31 yards.

Waived from Arizona's 2000 training camp roster (Aug. 24), he was signed to Kansas City's practice squad Aug. 30, remaining with the Chiefs until Sept. 19. He later was signed to the Tennessee practice squad (Oct. 4), remaining with the Titans through the season. Signed by Oakland March 7, 2001, McCullough again was allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy for the NFLEL's '01 season, then rejoined the Raiders in training camp. Subsequently injured, he was placed on injured reserve Sept. 3, reached an injury settlement with the Raiders and was waived Sept. 5.

As a collegian, McCullough caught 59 passes for 903 yards and 8 touchdowns over his three-year varsity career. He earlier had been a prep All-America linebacker at Meadowbrook High School in his native Dayton, Ohio.

McCullough will wear No. 16 with the Packers.

Wide receiver Windrell Hayes was waived injured to make room for McCullough on the Packers' training camp roster.

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