Mike Teeter

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Mike Teeter
No. 91 (Michigan), 71 (Houston)
Position: Middle guard, special teams
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-10-04) October 4, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth: Grand Haven, Michigan
Career information
High school: Fruitport High School
College: Michigan (19861989)
Undrafted: 1990
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Lee "Mike" Teeter (born October 4, 1967) is a former American football player. He played college football as a middle guard for the University of Michigan from 1986 to 1989. He played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) as a special teams player for the Houston Oilers in 1993 and 1994. He also played during the spring of 1991 as a defensive lineman for the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World League of American Football and appeared in one game for the Minnesota Vikings in the fall of 1991.

Early years[edit]

Teeter was born in Grand Haven, Michigan, in 1967. He attended Fruitport High School in Fruitport, Michigan.[1] While attending Fruitport High School, he played football at multiple positions and also competed for the track team as a sprinter who could run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.[2] He was the fastest and the strongest player on the Fruitport football team and played on both offense and defense. He was later inducted into the Fruitport Hall of Fame.[3]

University of Michigan[edit]

Teeter enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1986 and played college football as a middle guard for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1986 to 1989.[4] He did not become a starter until his senior year. That year, he started 12 games at middle guard for the 1989 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 10–2 record, limited opponents to 184 points (15 points per game), and won the Big Ten championship in Bo Schembechler's final season as Michigan's head coach.[5] Teeter won Michigan's Dick Katcher Award and was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten player in 1989.[5][2][6] He received a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Michigan.[7]

Professional football[edit]

Teeter was not selected in the 1990 NFL Draft.[1] He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 1990, but he was released in late August 1990 before the start of the 1990 NFL season.[8]

During the spring of 1991, Teeter played as a defensive lineman for the Frankfurt Galaxy in the inaugural season of the World League of American Football (WLAF).[9] He was selected to the WLAF's All-World team at the end of the 1991 season.[2]

After playing for the Galaxy, Teeter signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings and appeared in one game with the club during the 1991 season.[1] He was waived by the Vikings in late August 1992.[10]

Teeter returned to the NFL as a player for the Houston Oilers. He played on special teams for the Oilers in 28 games during the 1993 and 1994 Houston Oilers seasons.[1][11] He signed with the Carolina Panthers in 1995 but did not appear in any regular season games.[11]

Teeter appeared in a total of 29 NFL games for the Vikings and Oilers. Teeter signed a contract for $1.4million in 1995 but then hurt his back[1]

Later years and honors[edit]

At the end of November 1996, after retiring as a player, Teeter was hired as the defensive line coach for the Indiana Hoosiers football team under head coach (and former Michigan assistant coach) Cam Cameron.[12] Having been a teammate of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, he served beside Jack Harbaugh as fellow assistant coaches on the Indiana staff.[12] He served in that position for the 1997 Indiana Hoosiers football team that compiled a 2–9 record and allowed opponents to score 359 points (32.6 points per game).[13]

In 1988, Teeter returned to Fruitport, Michigan and became involved in the real estate business. He co-founded Capstone Real Estate in 2004. He is married and has three children with his wife, Kim.and now coaches at West Michigan Christian Highschool [7]

Teeter was inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mike Teeter". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Class of 2004: Mike Teeter". Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mike Teeter (video profile)". Fruitport Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "1989 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Former Fruitport, U-M football star to talk about sports, faith". The Muskegon Chronicle. January 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Mike Teeter profile". zoominfo.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Transactions". Observer-Reporter. August 29, 1990. p. B7. 
  9. ^ "1991 Frankfurt Galaxy Roster". The Football Database. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Transactions". The Item. August 27, 1992. p. 5C. 
  11. ^ a b "Expanding the Panthers". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. February 16, 1995. p. D4. 
  12. ^ a b "IU Names New Head Football Coach". IUHoosiers.com. Indiana University. 
  13. ^ "1997 Football Schedule". Indiana University Bloomington Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on October 7, 1999. Retrieved April 9, 2015.