Don Healy

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Don Healy
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Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-08-28) August 28, 1936 (age 80)
Place of birth: Rome, New York
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Rome Free Academy (NY)
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 51
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Michael Donald Healy (born August 28, 1936 in Rome, New York) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. He played in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills. He played college football for the University of Maryland.

Early years[edit]

Healy attended Rome Free Academy, where he received honorable-mention All-state in football. He also practiced baseball and hockey.

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Maryland. He played as a two-way tackle and was a three-year starter.

He was a part of the 1958 College All Star team that defeated the 1957 NFL Champion Detroit Lions.[1] His teammates included Alex Karras, Ray Nitschke and Chuck Howley.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Healy was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (37th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played two seasons and was a backup offensive guard.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft,[2] becoming the first starter at left defensive tackle in franchise history. He holds the single-season Cowboys record for fumble recoveries (5 in 1961), established when the season was 12 games long. He was released on September 7, 1962.[3]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In 1962, he played for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.

Personal life[edit]

Following his football career, Healy worked in sales, warehouse management and retail, owning his own automotive warehouse and parts stores throughout central Indiana. He currently lives in Naples, FL and is married to Genevieve Mary Shea. He is also a Deacon for St. Ann Catholic School in Naples Florida.