|HometownGrand Island, NE|
|High schoolGrand Island|
The Chicago Bears made McDonald the eighth overall pick in the 1937 NFL Draft after he completed his Nebraska career. He was the fourth draft pick in Husker history, following 1936 selection Bernie Scherer and teammates Sam Francis and Lloyd Cardwell, who preceded him as the Nos. 1 and 7 picks, respectively, in the 1937 draft class.
He played three seasons in Chicago and split a fourth pro season between Philadelphia and Detroit, catching 51 passes for 924 yards and eight scores. He caught two passes for 39 yards in the postseason during his rookie season.
McDonald's 1936 squad kept its Big 6 foes scoreless, totaling 134 points in five shutouts that season en route to a 7-2 record and the conference championship. The Huskers finished the season ranked No. 9 in the AP poll. Minnesota, which blanked the Huskers 7-0 in NU's road opener, was named national champion.
McDonald — also a skilled amateur boxer — was inducted into the Nebraska football Hall of Fame in 1991. His son, David, was an All-Nebraska football player and a member of the Husker baseball team who played parts of two seasons in the majors.
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