McGinest was an All-Rookie as an Outside Linebacker, later moving to Defensive End, where he played the bulk of his career. The former USC Trojan became a cornerstone of the Patriots defense, and he would help them win three Super Bowls. Along the way, McGinest went to two Pro Bowls and netted 78 Sacks and 672 Tackles as a Patriot, the former placing him second all-time in franchise history. His stint in New England ended in 2005 when he signed with the Cleveland Browns.
McGinest holds the record for the most playoff sacks with 16, all of which were accumulated as a Patriot. In 2015, McGinest entered the Patriots Hall of Fame.