Mike Esposito (American football)

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Mike Esposito
No. 26
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-04-24) April 24, 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth: Everett, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 7 / Pick: 159
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame (1980)
Career NFL statistics
Rushes: 101
Rushing Yards: 439
Touchdowns: 2

Michael John Esposito (born April 24, 1953) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played for the Atlanta Falcons. He attended Wilmington High School in Massachusetts[1][2] and played college football for the Boston College Eagles.[3]

Esposito was a participant in the 1974 East-West Shrine Game. As part of the game, each player would visit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. While visiting, he noticed Nicole Worley-Urteaga, a 2-year-old patient with Holt-Oram syndrome. She appeared scared and was crying. Esposito took her hand to calm her down and they walked down the hallway together. A photographer from a local newspaper noticed the scene and snapped a photo of the two. The image became the inspiration for the official logo of the East-West Shrine Game and is displayed annually on the 50-yard line.[4][5]