As wide receiver and co-captain of the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen football team, McConkey caught four passes for 88 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that put Navy ahead for good. The Midshipmen defeated BYU 23-16. The 65-yard reception remains the longest in Holiday Bowl history. McConkey also rushed for 42 yards on just two carries.
After graduating the Naval Academy in 1979 with a degree in engineering, McConkey spent five years as a Navy helicopter pilot, serving as a nuclear weapons transshipment pilot, courier and loading officer. Upon leaving the service, he returned to football and played six seasons (1984-1990) in the NFL with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. In 1986 McConkey contributed 75 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for the Giants in their 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
After leaving the NFL, McConkey was a candidate for the 12th district (New Jersey) of the U.S. Congress. While working as an entrepreneur in real estate and insurance, he embarked on a broadcasting career, delivering game commentary on a weekly New York Giants show. He received two New York Emmy Awards for best sports programming with “Giants Today”.
A resident of La Jolla and still working in real estate and insurance, he currently serves on the board of directors for Ocean of Love (for children with cancer) and the Turn the Corner Foundation (Lyme disease). He also works with several other charities in the San Diego community, including The United Way, March of Dimes, Freedom House and Athletes for Children.