Mike Merriweather

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Mike Merriweather
No. 57
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-11-26) November 26, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth: Albany, New York
Career information
College: University of the Pacific
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Debuted in 1982
Last played in 1993
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks 41
Interceptions 18
Touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com

Mike Merriweather (born November 26, 1960) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers during the 1980s and 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Merriweather was born in Albans, New York and attended Vallejo High School,[1] where he played football, baseball and basketball. He graduated from University of the Pacific, where he played college football. Merriweather is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Merriweather was drafted in the 3rd round (70th pick overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] His first professional season was 1982 with the Steelers and he was elected to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons: 1984, 1985, and 1986.[4] In 1984 he was 5th in the NFL with 15 sacks (Mark Gastineau led the league with 22), and was named first-team all-NFL that year.[5] He was named Pittsburgh Steelers' Most Valuable Player in 1987.[6]

After a salary dispute which saw him sit out the entire 1988 season, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a first-round pick.[7] In 1989, his first season at Minnesota, he became the first player in NFL history to score the winning points in an overtime game with a safety[8] when he blocked a punt out of the end zone in a game against the Los Angeles Rams for a final score of 23-21, the same game in which the Vikings' Rich Karlis had scored a then-record 7 field goals to get the 21 points that sent the game into overtime.[9]

His last year at Minnesota was the 1992 season; he played his final season in 1993 for the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.[10][11]

In 1993, Merriweather was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame.[12] He was inducted into the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame in 2004,[13] and was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2012.[14]

Life after the NFL[edit]

After leaving the NFL, Merriweather worked as an insurance broker in Sacramento, California.[15] In 2013, he became the athletic director at Vacaville Christian High School.[16] He and his wife Sandra live in Stockton, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Merriweather". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alpha Phi Alpha Begins Implementing New Worldwide Programs". BlackNews.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh's Bashful Bruiser". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "No Steelers Voted to Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post=Gazette. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION ANNOUNCES 2012 HALL OF FAME CLASS". SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Heath Miller Named Steelers' 2012 MVP". Steelers.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Viking Merriweather takes parting shot at Steelers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bears only second team to win on OT safety". ESPN NFL. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "History Timeline: 1980s". FoxSports.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL; Real Life to Linebacker For Jets' Merriweather". New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "http://www.nfl.com/player/mikemerriweather/2502068/careerstats". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "PACIFIC ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME". Pacific Tigers. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Vallejo's Merriweather named to section's Hall of Fame". Times-Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Truesdale selected for Section Hall of Fame". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Stu's Hunt Down: Ex-Vikings LB Mike Merriweather". Star Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Vallejo High grad, former NFL player named athletic director at Vacaville Christian". Times Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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