Mike Lucky

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Mike Lucky
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Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-11-23) November 23, 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth: Antioch, California
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229
Debuted in 1999
Last played in 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 19
Rec. yards 143
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Michael Thomas Lucky (born November 23, 1975) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys. h played college football at the University of Arizona.

Early life[edit]

Lucky was born in Antioch, California where he played in Antioch Youth Football.[1] He graduated from Antioch High School. While there, he served as team captain and recorded 36 receptions for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning all-Northern California and all-state accolades as a senior. He left high school rated as the 15th best tight end in the country by SuperPrep magazine.

College career[edit]

Lucky attended the University of Arizona where he was a two-year starter for the Wildcats. As a junior-starter, for the Insight.com Bowl champions, he finished fourth on the team with 13 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he finished fourth on the team with 11 receptions for 142 yards. He also added 40 knockdown blocks.[2]

Lucky started 35 of the final 36 games of his college career, recording 43 career receptions for 563 yards and four touchdowns. He also earned his degree in Political science while at Arizona.

Professional career[edit]

Lucky was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.[3] His rookie season got off to a difficult start as he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot on August 27 and was forced to miss five weeks. On October 3, he earned his first career start and first career reception, both against the Arizona Cardinals. Lucky's sophomore season with the Cowboys never got under-way as he tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee during the pre-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He underwent re-constructive surgery to repair the ligaments in his knee on August 1 and was placed on injured reserve. After 12 months of hard work and rehab, he returned to action and earned starts in five-of-16 games in 2001. His blocking helped bring about a resurgence in the Dallas running game that saw the Cowboys rank third in the league with 136.5 yards-per-game on the ground. As a receiver, he recorded 13 receptions for 96 yards and his first career touchdown.[4] In 2002, Lucky appeared in 16 games, starting none. He recorded one reception for 22 yards. That season would mark his final season with the Cowboys as well as a professional football player. He retired in 2002 because of knee injuries.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2001, Lucky was selected by the Dallas Cowboys as their Ed Block Courage Award recipient.[5] He was also indicted into the Antioch Spots Hall of Fame.[6]

Personal[edit]

Off the field, Lucky has shown support for Race for the Cure in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He has also donated his time to "Our Children's Center in Irving" in Irving, Texas.

Lucky and his wife Deanna have a daughter, Madison. Deanna was a member of the inaugural Dallas Desperados Dancers team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame". Antioch Youth Footbal. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mike Lucky". Antioch Historical Society. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cowboys best/worst draft picks: Wide receivers, tight ends". Sports Day DFW. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mike Lucky". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "31 Ed Block winners announced". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mike Lucky". Antioch Historical Society. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 

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