Mike McKeever

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Mike McKeever
USC Trojans
Position Guard
Career history
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-01-01)January 1, 1940
Place of birth Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date of death August 24, 1967(1967-08-24) (aged 27)
Place of death Montebello, California
College Football Hall of Fame (1987)

Mike McKeever (January 1, 1940—August 24, 1967) was a guard at the University of Southern California football team.

College career[edit]

McKeever earned All-America honors. He was also chosen to the academic All-America team. Mike and his brother Marlin McKeever were the first twins to earn All-America status. McKeever suffered a head injury in his senior year at USC and it ended his collegiate football career. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Film career[edit]

With his twin brother, he also had a brief career in film, appearing in the 1962 Three Stooges comedy film The Three Stooges Meet Hercules playing the Siamese Cyclops twins Ajax and Argo.

NFL career[edit]

Mike was drafted in the 13th Round (Pick 172 overall) by the Los Angeles Rams, in the 1961 NFL Draft.


After graduation, Mike became general superintendent of a construction company and involved himself heavily in community activities, including Big Brothers, United Way and the City of Hope Hospital.

While returning from work in October 1965, McKeever was involved in a traffic collision. He suffered extensive head injuries and was in a coma for 22 months before dying at age 27.[1] At the time of his death, McKeever was training for the hammer throw, hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team. His interment was in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.


Mike was survived by his wife, Judy; a daughter, Teri; and two sons, Mike Jr. (aka "Mac") and John (aka "Barry") who continued the McKeever sports legacy in both swimming and football.

Daughter Teri McKeever attended USC and competed for the USC swim team. She went on to become the head coach of the University of California and in 2004 became the first female coach of the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

The sons became football players and in 1984 were named winners of scholar-athlete awards of the San Diego chapter of the National Football Foundation. Son Barry McKeever played football (linebacker) for Stanford University and gained national recognition in 1987 for his public refusal (including an interview on national television) to have his urine tested for drugs on the basis that this humiliating act was a violation of his constitutional rights.


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