Mike Bucchianeri

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Mike Bucchianeri
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: January 9, 1917
Place of birth: Van Voorhis, Pennsylvania
Date of death: February 19, 1992(1992-02-19) (aged 75)
Place of death: Ocala, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Indiana
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All American 1941 (1941)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Amadeo Roger "Mike" Bucchianeri (January 9, 1917 – February 19, 1992) was an American football guard in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Indiana University.[1]

Mike Bucchianeri began his football career at Monongahela High School where he graduated in 1937. Born January 9, 1917, the son of a coalminer, he went on to college at Indiana University playing football four years as an interior lineman as well as earning a Bachelor of Education degree in 1941. It was Mike Bucchianeri who kicked the decisive two extra points in the North’s 14-12 victory over the South in the 1940 Blue-Gray Game. For this achievement, he was named Most Valuable Player. He was an All-American and played in the 1941 Chicago Tribune All-Star Game.

Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1941, Mike suffered a serious head injury near the end of the season and spent two years with the Packers’ affiliate team in Wilmington, Delaware to hone his kicking skills and serve as an assistant line coach.

Mike returned to Green Bay and helped the Packers win their sixth world championship over the New York Giants in 1944 and retired in 1945. Following his playing career, Bucchianeri became a line coach at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin and a high school referee. In 1955, he became the offensive line coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While playing as a rookie for the Green Bay Packers, Mike was employed by the Green Bay Drop Forge Company, moving from the shop to automotive sales in Detroit, Michigan. He returned to Green Bay as Farm Implement Sales Manager. Mike retired in 1983 and moved to Ocala, Florida.

Mike was inducted into the Mid-Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Ringgold Rams Hall of Fame in 2010.