Mike Oriard

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Mike Oriard is a former professional American football player and college administrator and professor.

Mike Oriard
No. 50
Position:Center, Guard
Personal information
Born: (1948-05-26) May 26, 1948 (age 74)
Spokane, Washington
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Spokane (WA) Gonzaga Prep
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 5 / Pick: 130
Career history
Player stats at PFR

Early life and educationEdit

Oriard was born in Spokane, Washington. He was a standout athlete at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he was a walk-on player in its football team.[1]


Oriard played offensive lineman for four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.[2]

After retiring from football, he earned his PhD at Stanford and became a professor of English and later Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.[3] His academic work has centered on American sports nonfiction in multiple media.


  • Dreaming of Heroes: American Sports Fiction, 1868–1980 (1982)
  • Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature (1991) ISBN 9780521391139
  • Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle (Cultural Studies of the United States) (1998) ISBN 9780807847510
  • King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Press (2001)
  • Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era (2009) ISBN 9780807833292
  • The End of Autumn: Reflections on My Life in Football (2009)[1] ISBN 9780252076695
  • Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport (2010) ISBN 9780807831427
  • The Art of Football: The Early Game in the Golden Age of Illustration (2017) ISBN 9780803290693


  1. ^ a b Ryan, Jack (Spring–Summer 2009). "Book Review: Michael Oriard. The End of Autumn: Reflections on My Life in Football" (PDF). Aethlon. XXV12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  2. ^ "Mike Oriard NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Dean's Office". College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University.

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