Jude McAtamney

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Jude McAtamney (born 9 May 2000) is an Irish professional American football placekicker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Originally a Gaelic footballer, he later switched to American football and played at college level for the Chowan Hawks and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Jude McAtamney
No. 99 – New York Giants
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 24)
Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:St Patrick's College, Maghera
(Maghera, County Londonderry)
College:Chowan (2021)
Rutgers (2022–2023)
Undrafted:2024
Career history
Roster status:Active/international

Early life

McAtamney was born in Derry, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. His grandfather, Harry Cassidy, was a Gaelic footballer and manager for Bellaghy GAC and the Derry county football team. McAtamney grew up in the village of Swatragh and played Gaelic football with his six brothers. He later played for the under-20 football team of Derry GAA and helped them win the Ulster Under-20 Football Championship in 2018.

McAtamney attended St Patrick's College, Maghera, and later studied for two years at St Mary's University College, Belfast.

College football career

In May 2020, McAtamney became interested in American football after noticing, through Twitter, Irish punter David Shanahan accept an athletic scholarship to play college football in the U.S. for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He bought some equipment on eBay and began practicing at a local Gaelic football field. He recorded himself and sent a message to Shanahan, who referred McAtamney to ProKick Australia, a program to help develop college football punters and placekickers.

Those at ProKick were impressed by McAtamney but he was unable to travel to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions. After several months, Tom Hackett offered to work with him and Shanahan in the U.S., in January 2021. The two trained for two weeks in Serbia and then were cleared to travel. He trained with Hackett for several months and was able to consistently make 50-yard field goals in practice. He later returned to Swatragh and continued training, being able to make field goals of over 60 yards by June 2021.

In July 2021, McAtamney received and accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Chowan Hawks of Chowan University in North Carolina, an NCAA Division II program. In his first season, he appeared in nine games and made 6-of-10 field goal attempts and converted all 47 of his extra point tries, also having 60 kickoffs with 19 touchbacks. He entered the NCAA transfer portal after the year and underwent training with ProKick in Australia in the 2022 off-season.

McAtamney ultimately transferred to the FBS-level Rutgers Scarlet Knights and won the starting placekicker role. That season, he was successful on 12-of-18 field goals, with a long of 49 yards, and made 23-of-24 extra points in 12 games played. He was the team's leading scorer with 59 total points and also made 47 kickoffs for 2,787 yards with 17 touchbacks. In his last year, he only attempted one field goal, a miss, after having been replaced by Jai Patel, but remained the kickoff specialist, posting a team record 40 touchbacks on 60 kickoffs.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
8+14 in
(0.21 m)
All values from Pro Day

After impressing at his pro day, McAtamney was invited to tryout for the New York Giants, where he made all 10 of his attempted kicks in front of scouts. He was not selected in the 2024 NFL draft, but afterwards signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent. He was assigned the team's exempt/international roster spot as part of the International Player Pathway Program (IPPP).

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