Winning wasn’t a problem for McCreary when he played football. At Wooster, he led the Generals to Cardinal Conference championships his junior and senior seasons, earning first-team all-conference honors both years as an outstanding quarterback and linebacker. He was the conference Player of the Year in 1983, when he was a second-team All-Ohio linebacker, and first-team all-District.
McCreary was also a basketball standout at Wooster, lettering three times. When he graduated, McCreary was No. 3 on the all-time WHS scoring list. In this sport, he was also a two-time first-team All-Cardinal Conference pick and a first-team District IV and honorable mention All-Ohio choice as a senior. He was the team Outstanding Defensive Player in 1983 and MVP in 1984.
After earning a scholarship to play football at Toledo, he played for the Rockets from 1984-88.
As a linebacker, McCreary was named to the All-Mid American Conference second team as a junior. He followed that up by making first-team all-MAC as a senior, a season in which he served as a captain. The Rockets were MAC champs and played in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Upon graduation, McCreary signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants, but saw his career end cut to a back injury.