Mike Leach (long snapper)
|No. 83, 82, 48|
|Born:||October 18, 1976|
Dover, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Oak Ridge (NJ) Jefferson Twp.|
|College:||William & Mary|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
John Michael Leach (born October 18, 1976) is a former American football long snapper who played in the National Football League. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at William & Mary.
Leach attended Jefferson Township High School in Jefferson Township, New Jersey. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball. In football, Leach was a first-team, all-state selection as a punter. By the time Leach had graduated in the mid-1990s, he finished as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Falcons basketball history. Additionally, Leach appeared in three NJSIAA basketball playoff games.
Leach attended Boston University (1995–1997) and The College of William & Mary (1998–2000). At The College of William and Mary, during his junior season, his 58 receptions as a tight end were the second-most at the position in school history (to Glenn Bodnar's 69 catches in 1984) and his punting average set a single-season school record of 44.4 yards. The performance earned him Associated Press second-team All-America and second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors that season. He also earned first-team Walter Camp All-American honors at tight end as a senior.
Leach signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans on April 20, 2000. He played in 15 games for the Titans during the 2000 season and four games during the 2001 season before being released by the team.
Leach signed a future contract with the Chicago Bears on January 10, 2002 and attended training camp with the team before being waived on August 26 of that year.
He signed with the Denver Broncos on November 4, 2002, and served as the team's long snapper for the eight remaining games that the Broncos had during the 2002 season. His first game with the Broncos occurred on November 11, 2002, as part of a 34–10 home loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Leach served as the Broncos long snapper in every game through the 2008 season since his first appearance with the team in 2002. He was featured in an August 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated in which writer Peter King listed the top 500 players in the NFL. Leach was ranked number 1,000 as a symbolic gesture to show that every player has a necessary role on a roster.
Retirement as an NFL player
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- TENNESSEE TITANS 2000 ROSTER MOVES Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Raiders vs. Broncos - Game Recap - November 11, 2002 - ESPN".
- Cards Sign Long Snapper Leach SI.com, March 13, 2009
- Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach Retires AZCentral.com, January 27, 2016