No. 82, 87, 88
|Wide receiver / Safety|
|Date of birth:March 12, 1977|
|Place of birth: Galion, Ohio|
|College: Ohio State University/Northern Iowa|
|Undrafted in 2000|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Las Vegas Outlaws|
|Last played in 2009 for the Cleveland Browns|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Michael Thomas Furrey (//; born May 12, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver and safety who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Northern Iowa and Ohio State University.
Furrey attended Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio, and was a letter-winner in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, as a senior, he was a first team All-District honoree a first team All-Conference honoree, and a first team All-Ohio honoree.
After high school, Furrey enrolled at Ohio State University in 1995, where he played in nine games as a freshman walk-on. In 1996 he transferred to Division I-AA Northern Iowa. In his three years at UNI, Furrey set new Gateway Football Conference receiving records with career totals of 242 receptions for 3,544 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Las Vegas Outlaws
New York Dragons
Furrey played for the New York Dragons in 2002 and 2003 as a Wide receiver/Defensive back. He was leading the Arena Football League in receptions (108), receiving yards (1,574), receiving touchdowns (46, tying an AFL record for touchdowns in a single season), and points (288) when he left the Dragons on April 29, 2003 to sign with the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.
St. Louis Rams
Furrey made the 2003 Rams roster and played in 13 games, serving as wide receiver and special teams ace. He played in 8 games and 2 playoff contests in 2004. Due to a lack of depth in the Rams' secondary before the 2005 season, Furrey converted to Free safety based on his experience in the AFL where players play both offense and defense. He became the starter in Week 5. He was successful in the transition, as he had one game winning interception 67 yard return for a touchdown, and the next week a game-clinching interception in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. At the end of the 2005 season, Furrey was released.
The Detroit Lions signed Furrey to a one-year deal on April 4, 2006 as a wide receiver, being one of the few active players in the NFL to have started on both offense and defense. He emerged as a solid option in the Lions offense, catching 98 passes for 1,086 yards and seven touchdowns. His 98 receptions for that season were the most for any player in the conference, and second best in the league.
On December 31, 2006, Furrey set the pro football record for most catches for a non-rookie after a season with no catches the previous season. He had 98 receptions at the end of the 2006 season (which was the most in the NFC for that year), after none in 2005. The previous record was 92 catches, set in 1960 by Lionel Taylor, playing for Denver in the AFL.
Furrey was the 2006 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association's Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award. The Good Guy Award is given yearly to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season.
After the 2006 season, Furrey was re-signed by the Lions to a three-year contract due to his breakout year. In the 2007 NFL Draft the Lions selected wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the first round (2nd overall), making Furrey number three on the depth chart. Furrey recorded 61 catches for 664 yards in 2007. He was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent on January 24, 2007. Furrey was released by the Lions on February 9, 2009.
Furrey was signed by the Cleveland Browns on May 5, 2009. Furrey started the year at wide receiver for the Browns, but has since been moved to free safety and nickelback due to the lack of depth in Cleveland's injury depleted secondary. In 2010, he was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award- which Brian Waters won. He also was the Cleveland Browns 2009 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient.
Furrey was signed by the Washington Redskins on June 9, 2010.
On December 10, 2010, Furrey was introduced as the head football coach at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. KCU plays in the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics [NAIA]. On February 20, 2013, Furrey resigned his position as KCU head coach to become wide receivers coach at Marshall University.
Outside of Football
- "Lions WR Furrey goes from 0 catches to 93". Associated Press December 31, 2006. Found at http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2715655&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines.
- "Lions agree to terms with free agent wide receiver Mike Furrey". USA Today. January 24, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- "Browns sign ex-Lion receiver Mike Furrey". Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- "Marshall football: Mike Furrey reportedly joining Herd staff". Charleston Daily Mail. February 20, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- Borden, Sam (August 20, 2011). "Concussion Suit Seeks Better Health Monitoring". New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- "Players accuse NFL of negligence". Associated Press. August 19, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2013.