Mike Sherrard

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Mike Sherrard
No. 86, 88
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-06-21) June 21, 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Chico High School
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 1986 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1996 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

first team All-Pac 10, third team All-American, and first team Academic All-Pac 10.

Michael Watson Sherrard (born June 21, 1963 in Oakland, California) is a retired professional American football player who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. A 6'2" wide receiver from UCLA, Sherrard played in 11 NFL seasons from 1986 to 1996. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit]

Sherrard attended Chico High School in Chico, California, where he was a multi-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track.

Although Sherrard came to UCLA as an unrecruited walk-on athlete, by his sophomore season in 1983 he was already a starter at wide receiver, was named to the third-team All-American after caching 48 passes for 709 yards and also set a UCLA record for sophomore receptions in a season. During his senior season, although he broke his collarbone and missed five games, he returned to finish the season.

Sherrard left as the school's all-time leading receiver and was a member of three Rose Bowl-winning Bruin teams. He ranks among UCLA's all-time receiving leaders, with 128 receptions (seventh on the all-time school list) in his career for 1,965 yards (10th on the school list) and 10 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In the 1986 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys traded up from the 20th to the 18th position with the San Francisco 49ers, in exchange for a fifth round draft choice, in order to select Sherrard, who became only the second wide receiver ever drafted by the franchise in the first round (Dennis Homan was the first one in 1968).[1]

Sherrard started what seemed to be a very promising NFL career, by having 41 receptions for 744 yards and leading the team with 5 receiving touchdowns. At the time his totals ranked third for most receptions, third for most receiving yards, and second for most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in franchise history.

In 1987 he came into training camp as the Cowboys best wide receiver, but was lost for the year when he was tripped by a defender during a scrimmage and shattered two bones (the tibia and fibula) in his right leg.[2] He also missed the 1988 season, when he rebroke his right leg tibia and also the shin bone, while jogging on a Santa Monica beach as part of his rehab treatment.[3]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

The San Francisco 49ers signed Sherrard in Plan B free agency in 1989, but put him on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the entire regular season, allowing him plenty of time to heal for the playoffs, where he caught 3 passes for 40 yards and was a part of the Super Bowl XXIV winning team.[4]

In 1990 he was off to a solid start, but broke his right fibula in the 49ers' victory over the Cleveland Browns. Sherrard played with the 49ers for 3 seasons, improving his stats each year.

New York Giants[edit]

He signed as a free agent with the New York Giants in 1993, but lost most of the season after fracturing his left hip socket, during a catch-and-run against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had injury complications when he was diagnosed as having a blood clot in the same hip.[5]

His best season came in 1994 when he had career highs with 53 receptions for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Denver Broncos[edit]

In 1996 he signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, where he only played one season before announcing his retirement.

Sherrard persevered through multiple injuries and doubts about his future, to play 11 seasons in the NFL catching 257 passes for 3,931 yards and 22 touchdowns.


His mother, Cherrie, was a sprinter on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team and won a gold medal in the 1967 Pan American Games. His father, Robert, played college basketball, semipro baseball and was a college professor at California State University.

After retirement, Sherrard worked as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. He currently lives in Westlake Village, California with his daughter and two sons and is involved in television production.[6] He will serve as offensive coordinator at Oaks Christian (CA) HS in the 2014 football season. [7]


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