Two days after the NFL draft, Georgetown senior linebacker Robert McCabe earned his own call to the professional football ranks Monday, signing as a free agent for the Miami Dolphins. McCabe, the Hoya defense’s unquestioned leader and standout, will receive an opportunity to become just the second Georgetown player in the modern era to play in the NFL, joining 2003 alumnus Alex Buzbee, who made the Washington Redskins’ roster in 2007.
Despite the Blue and Gray’s paltry 5-6 record and 2-3 mark in the Patriot League in the 2012 season, McCabe excelled in his senior year, posting 159 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks en route to being named the Patriot League defensive player of the year and a finalist for the Football Championship Series national defensive player of the year. His All-American performance put NFL scouts on watch, prompting Miami to sign him as one of four FCS players given a tryout for the team. Although the deal was announced Monday, McCabe said that he actually signed on Saturday.