Mike Falls

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Mike Falls
No. 63
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1934-03-03) March 3, 1934 (age 84)
Bemidji, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Bemidji (MN)
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 20 / Pick: 237
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 25
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Lee Falls (born March 3, 1934) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Minnesota.

Early years

Falls attended Bemidji High School where he lettered in football and track. In 1952, he won the Region 8 shot put championship.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Minnesota. He was a three-year starter, beginning his career as a two-way guard. As a junior, he was moved to tackle.[1] As a senior, he was elected team captain.[2] He also served as the team's placekicker.[3] He played in the 1955 Blue–Gray game.[4]

Professional career

New York Giants

Falls was selected by the New York Giants in the twentieth round (237th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft, but didn't sign with the team.

Toronto Argonauts

On February 24, 1956, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union league, which eventually became the Canadian Football League.[5] He played on the offensive line and was also the squad's placekicker.[6] He was cut in October.

New York Giants

In 1959, he was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants.[7] He was released on September 14.

Green Bay Packers

On March 10, 1960, he was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers. He was released on September 19.

Dallas Cowboys

On September 22, 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[8] He won the right guard job by mid-season and started 5 games during the franchise's inaugural year. In 1961, he started all 14 games at right guard.[9] He announced his retirement in 1963.

Personal life

After football he initially worked in a public relations job, before being an Episcopal priest for thirty-six years. He was also a teaching associate of John Bradshaw. He was the Chaplain at Austin Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Austin, Texas.

References

  1. ^ "Daugherty Puts Spartans Through Early Scrimmage". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Gopher Elect Falls". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Illinois Tops Minnesota By 21-13 Count". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blue-Gray Battle Features Defense". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Argos Obtain Eighth Import". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ledyard And Simpson Pass Act Sparks Riders' 31-20 Triumph". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Gopher Rookie Surprising Pros". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cowboys Sign Falls, Release Dittrich". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dallas Will Throw Powerful Offense At Steelers Sunday". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
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