Mike Compton (American football)
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|Date of birth:||September 18, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Richlands, Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Richlands High School|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2004|
|Player stats at PFR|
Michael Eugene Compton (born September 18, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. Compton college football for West Virginia University, and was recognized as an All-American center. He played professionally for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, and started in Super Bowl XXXVI for the Patriots.
Compton attended West Virginia University, and he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 1989 to 1992. He began his college career at West Virginia in 1989 as a redshirt freshman. Compton was backup to senior center Jeff Price that season. In 1990, Compton's sophomore season, he became the starter at the center position. His game experience from his redshirt freshman year was key in his starting success. In 1991, as a junior, Compton was an all-Big East selection.
In 1992, his senior season, Compton earned consensus All-American honors. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a first-team all-Big East selection, a selection to the CFA Scholar-Athlete Team, and a first-team Academic All-American.
In 2005, Compton was inducted into West Virginia University's Sports Hall of Fame.
Compton was selected in the third round (68th pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, and he played for the Lions from 1993 to 2000. He was the starter on the offensive line, blocking for Barry Sanders during his record-setting rushing seasons. During his time with the Lions, Compton also served as the team's long snapper for field goal and point after attempts. Linebacker Allen Aldridge served as the long snapper for punt coverage.
During his NFL career, Mike Compton displayed versatility along the offensive line, often playing multiple positions in any given season.
- In 1993, he played a reserve role at Center.
- In 1995, he would start 2 games at LT then start 3 games at LG. He would start at LG for the final 3 games of the season.
- In 1996, he would start 15 games at LG.
- In 1997, he would start 14 games at LG and start 2 games (10/12 and 10/19) at LT.
- In 1998, he would start all 16 games at LG.
- In 1999, he would start 15 games at C and the season finale at LT.
- In 2000, he would start the opener and final 5 games at C. In between, he started at LG.
- In 2001, he would start all 16 games at LG and take over at C in shotgun situations.
- In 2002, he would start 15 games at LG and 1 game at C.
Compton was an assistant coach at Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2008, he was named head football coach at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.
He and his family reside in Richlands, Virginia. Compton has three children.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Mike Compton. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Mike Compton. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mike Compton. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- Bristol Herald Courier Retrieved on March 5, 2008.
- Jonathan Greene, "Compton to fulfill coaching dreams," Bluefield Daily Telegraph (July 23, 2011). Retrieved on February 16, 2012.
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