Mike Bass

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Mike Bass
No. 26, 41
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-03-31) March 31, 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Ypsilanti (MI)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 12 / Pick: 314
(by the Green Bay Packers)
Debuted in 1968 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 1975 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1975
Games played 100
Interceptions 30
Fumbles recovered 6
Touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Michael Thomas Bass (born March 31, 1945) is a former professional American football player who played defensive back for the Detroit Lions (1967) and the Washington Redskins (1969–1975). Before his National Football League career, Bass played for the University of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

Bass was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduated from Ypsilanti High School, where he played football and ran track.[1] He played college football at the University of Michigan.

NFL Career[edit]

He was drafted in the 12th round (314th overall pick) in the 1967 NFL Draft. In his eight NFL seasons as a cornerback, Bass recorded 30 interceptions for 478 return yards and three touchdowns. He also recovered five fumbles and gained 105 yards on eight kickoff returns. In 1972, the Redskins won the NFC championship game of the 1972-73 NFL playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys, when they limited the Cowboys to 3 points and Roger Staubach, their quarterback, to 9 completions in 20 attempts for 98 passing yards, Bass and the other cornerback, Pat Fischer, being instrumental in shutting down their wide receivers. Although the defense allowed only 14 points, the team lost Super Bowl VII to the Miami Dolphins. Bass scored the only touchdown for the Redskins in that game as a special teams player, returning a botched pass attempt from Miami Dolphins placekicker Garo Yepremian after a blocked field goal 49 yards for a fumble return touchdown,[2] making him the last man drafted by legendary coach Vince Lombardi to score in a Super Bowl game. In 1976, he was replaced as a starting cornerback by Joe Lavender.Bass was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins players of all time.[3]

After retiring from the NFL, Bass went to work for Montauk Resorts of North Carolina.

In movies[edit]

During a brief stint with the Detroit Lions, Bass had a small speaking part in the 1968 film adaptation of George Plimpton's book Paper Lion. In 1976, Bass was among several Washington Redskins players who appeared in the blaxploitation film Brotherhood of Death. When that film was released to DVD in 2005, however, Bass expressed dismay at the news, saying that he hadn't cared for the script and that to that date, he had never seen the picture.[4]


  1. ^ "Mike Bass". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Stone, Mike and Regner, Art (2008). The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. Running Press. p. 203. 
  3. ^ Stone, Mike and Regner, Art (2008). The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. Running Press. p. 203. 
  4. ^ The Bad, the Bad, and the Ugly

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