Mike Falls

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Mike Falls
No. 63
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1934-03-03) March 3, 1934 (age 83)
Place of birth: Bemidji, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Bemidji (MN)
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 20 / Pick: 237
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Lee Falls (born March 3, 1934) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Minnesota.

Early years[edit]

Falls attended Bemidji High School where he lettered in football and track. He won the shot put 1952 Region 8 Championship.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Minnesota. He was a three-year starter, beginning his career as a two-way guard. As a junior, he was moved to tackle.[1] As a senior, he was elected team captain.[2] He also served as the team's placekicker.[3] He played in the 1955 Blue–Gray game.[4]

Professional career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

Falls was selected by the New York Giants in the twentieth round (237th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On February 24, 1956, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union league, which eventually became the Canadian Football League.[5] He played on the offensive line and was also the squad's placekicker.[6] He was cut in October.

New York Giants[edit]

In 1959, he was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants.[7] He was released on September 14.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On March 10, 1960, he was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers. He was released on September 19.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 22, 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[8] He started 5 games at right guard during the franchise's inaugural season. The next year he started all 14 games at right guard.[9]

Personal life[edit]

After football, he initially retired to a public relations job. He eventually became an Episcopal priest and worked for thirty-six years in that capacity. He was also a teaching associate of John Bradshaw. He was the Chaplain at Austin Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Austin, Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daugherty Puts Spartans Through Early Scrimmage". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Gopher Elect Falls". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Illinois Tops Minnesota By 21-13 Count". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Blue-Gray Battle Features Defense". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Argos Obtain Eighth Import". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ledyard And Simpson Pass Act Sparks Riders' 31-20 Triumph". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gopher Rookie Surprising Pros". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cowboys Sign Falls, Release Dittrich". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dallas WillThrow Powerful Offense At Steelers Sunday". Retrieved February 19, 2016.