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Jake McDonough biography: 13 things about football player, cop from Ankeny, Iowa

Jake McDonough is a football player and a police officer from Iowa, United States. He is 6’5″ tall and his registered weight is 280lbs.

McDonough made his National Football League debut in 2013 and joined the Ankeny Police Department in Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa in December 2019. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is the son of Scott McDonough and Erin McDonough. He grew up in Urbandale, Iowa. (a)
  2. In 2006, he was selected to the second-team Des Moines Register Class 4A all-state as a defensive lineman. (a)
  3. In 2007, he was selected to the second-team 4A all-state at the defensive lineman position, the first-team all-state by Iowa Newspaper Association and the first-team all-conference team. (a)
  4. In 2008, he graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa where he played football. He was coached by Gary Swenson. (a) (b)
  5. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames, Story County, Iowa. He was a health fitness management major. He played college football there as a defensive lineman. He was redshirted in 2008, he played in one game in 2009 and he graduated in 2013. (a)
  6. In 2012, he was named Iowa State Defensive Lineman of the Year. (a)
  7. At the age of 24, he signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013. On July 25, 2013, the NFL team waived him with an injury settlement. (c) (d)
  8. On October 30, 2013, McDonough was assigned to the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League. In December 2013, the AFL team placed him on the other league exempt list when he was signed to the practice squad of the NFL team Indianapolis Colts, which waived him on February 18, 2014. (e) (f)
  9. The Washington Redskins signed McDonough on July 30, 2014 but waived him on August 24, 2014. (g) (h)
  10. He graced the cover of the February 2016 edition of Boone Living magazine. (i)
  11. After being released by the Washington Redskins, he joined the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) team Omaha Mammoths, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. (j)
  12. As a youth leader at the YMCA, he organized after-school activities for children and while serving as a role model for children who come from broken homes. (k)
  13. While on duty as an Ankeny Police Department officer in February 2021, he helped an older woman having issues with her car near the interstate on 1st Street in Ankeny. A photo of the incident went viral. (l)



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