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Stephen Douglas "Mongo" McMichael (born October 17, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player as a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), a former commentator and professional wrestler for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and former head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL).

Steve McMichael
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McMichael in 2008
No. 66, 76, 90
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1957-10-17) October 17, 1957 (age 61)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Freer (TX)
College:Texas
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:838
Sacks:95
Interceptions:2
Player stats at NFL.com

McMichael played college football for the University of Texas and was an All-American. He played for the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers, winning Super Bowl XX with the Bears in January 1986. During his pro wrestling career, McMichael became a member of the legendary The Four Horsemen stable, and held the WCW United States Title.

In 2013, he finished second in his campaign for mayor of Romeoville, Illinois. McMichael has been a regular presence on Chicago sports radio for several years, and is currently the namesake of a restaurant in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.[1]

College football careerEdit

Born in Houston, Texas, McMichael attended the University of Texas, where he played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1976 to 1979. As a senior in 1979, he was a consensus first-team All-American.

Professional football careerEdit

McMichael was drafted out of Texas in 1980 by the New England Patriots. He was acquired by the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 1981. He became one of their starting defensive tackles and help lead them to a Super Bowl win in 1985. He had a streak of 101 games started until 1990, when his playing time was reduced. He led the Bears with 11​12 sacks in 1988. He had 108 tackles in 1989. McMichael was named to the NFC's Pro Bowl teams for the 1986 and 1987 seasons.

McMichael gained notability in a 1991 game against the New York Jets. With the Bears down 13-6 with 1:54 remaining, McMichael forced a Blair Thomas fumble and recovered it at the New York 36. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh then threw a game-tying touchdown to Neal Anderson with :18 left in the game. The Bears went on to win in overtime when Harbaugh scored on a 1-yard TD run.[2] Bears coach Mike Ditka said in 2005 that McMichael was the toughest player he had ever coached.[3] He played with the Green Bay Packers in 1994 before retiring.

Professional wrestlingEdit

World Wrestling Federation (1995)Edit

Steve McMichael
Birth nameStephen Douglas McMichael
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Spouse(s)
Debra Marshall
(m. 1985; div. 1998)

Misty McMichael
Children1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Steve McMichael
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Billed weight270 lb (122 kg)
Trained byTerry Taylor
Debut1995
Retired1999

After the end of his NFL career, he appeared at ringside in the WWF for Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI on April 2, 1995 in Hartford, Connecticut. Taylor was wrestling Bam Bam Bigelow and there were several football players at ringside to keep wrestlers from interfering in the match. During a previous episode Monday Night Raw, McMichael provided guest commentary with Vince McMahon and would later brawl with Kama Mustafa, one of Bigelow's comrades. The fight was all over the arena floor and almost into the stands, knocking over the broadcast table, soon being broken up by personnel. Taylor ended up winning the later match.

World Championship WrestlingEdit

Color commentator (1995–1996)Edit

In 1995, McMichael was hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). On September 4, 1995, he made his debut with the company as the pro-babyface color commentator on the premiere of WCW Monday Nitro, with Bobby Heenan fulfilling his typical pro-heel commentator role alongside lead broadcaster Eric Bischoff. McMichael would root for the popular wrestlers during matches, would bicker with Heenan on a regular basis, and brought his dog Pepe with him to the broadcast booth.

Four Horsemen (1996–1997)Edit

In April 1996, Ric Flair started hitting on McMichael's wife Debra, who would sit at ringside during WCW Monday Nitro. McMichael challenged Flair and Arn Anderson to a match with his partner Kevin Greene. He trained with Randy Savage (he was actually trained by Terry Taylor at the WCW Power Plant), while Flair and Anderson got Heenan to be their coach for the match.

The match took place at The Great American Bash. During the match, Debra and Greene's wife were chased to the back by Woman and Miss Elizabeth, who were Flair's valets. Debra came back with Woman and Elizabeth, and she had a briefcase full of money and a Four Horsemen T-shirt. McMichael accepted it and hit Greene in the head with the briefcase. McMichael's first singles match was against Joe Gomez at Bash at the Beach.

He went on to feud with the Dungeon of Doom with the other Horsemen, and he had problems with Jeff Jarrett over the affections of Debra in late 1996 through early 1997. Woman would trash Debra, causing McMichael and Benoit to step in each time. The turning point in the McMichael-Jarrett feud was at SuperBrawl VII. McMichael wrestled Jarrett, and if Jarrett won, he was an official Horseman. Debra interfered for Jarrett, so he would win. Then McMichael and Jarrett had to team, and they bickered at first but later became a solid tag team. McMichael wrestled two football players in 1997. He beat Reggie White at Slamboree and lost to Kevin Greene at The Great American Bash, which saw McMichael slapped by Greene's mother at ringside.

In July 1997, Jarrett was kicked out of the Horsemen, and Debra soon left McMichael for Jarrett. McMichael got his revenge when he defeated Jarrett for his United States Heavyweight Championship on the August 21 episode of Clash of the Champions. Just weeks earlier, Arn Anderson had been forced to retire due to an injury, and Curt Hennig took his place in the Horsemen. At Fall Brawl, Hennig turned on the Horsemen and joined the nWo during the War Games match that the Horsemen were involved in. McMichael was handcuffed to the steel cage surrounding the ring along with Benoit, and neither man could defend Flair from the 5-on-1 assault from the nWo; the match ended after McMichael surrendered to stop the nWo from attacking Flair, although Hennig would still slam the cage door on Flair's head (which was edited out of the home video release but included on the WWE Network in full) even after the submission was made. The next night on Nitro, McMichael dropped his United States title to Hennig, and Flair disbanded the Horsemen.

Various rivalries and departure (1997–1999)Edit

McMichael went after Debra's stable of wrestlers that included Jarrett, Eddie Guerrero and Alex Wright. Debra hired Goldberg to get McMichael, and he became one of Goldberg's first victims in November 1997. Goldberg stole McMichael's Super Bowl ring and weeks later McMichael hit Goldberg with a pipe and reclaimed it. He briefly helped Benoit feud with Raven's Flock in January 1998 and then got into a feud with Davey Boy Smith, in which he broke his hand during a match at SuperBrawl VIII in February. McMichael returned in June 1998 and had a feud with Stevie Ray and helped reform the Four Horsemen in October with Flair, Benoit, Dean Malenko and manager Arn Anderson. They feuded with the nWo until McMichael made his final appearance on the February 8, 1999 episode of Nitro.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008)Edit

McMichael returned to professional wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's flagship pay-per-view, Bound For Glory, where he refereed the Monster's Ball Match. This match was notable for McMichael's extremely slow cadence for a three count.

Post wrestling careerEdit

McMichael co-hosts a Bear pre-game show with Jeff Dickerson on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. He was the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League from 2007 until the team's final season in 2013.

On August 7, 2001, McMichael took a turn as the guest singer for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field for a game between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. After home plate umpire Ángel Hernández called Ron Coomer out at the plate on a controversial call, McMichael questioned Hernandez's call and said that he would be waiting for him after the game.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1985, McMichael married Debra Marshall. They divorced on October 12, 1998.[4]

On August 3, 2007, McMichael appeared as a guest on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 and announced he is going to be a father with his wife, Misty. Their daughter Macy Dale McMichael was born at 4:12pm on January 22, 2008.[5]

On July 17, 2010, McMichael was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[6]

On August 16, 2012, McMichael announced his intentions to run for mayor of Romeoville, Illinois.[7] He lost the race to incumbent John Noak, garnering 39 percent of the vote.[8]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

American footballEdit

Professional wrestlingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Mongo McMichaels - food • fun • spirits -- About Us". www.themongomcmichaels.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Bears Work Overtime to Send Jets Into Shock
  3. ^ Mike Ditka, Mike Ditka, December 18, 2005, retrieved June 12, 2018CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Steve Williams and Debra's Marriage Certificate". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved April 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "Steve and Misty McMichael Welcome Baby Girl The Chicago Slaughter would like to congratulate head coach Steve McMichael and his wife Misty on the birth of their first child Tuesday afternoon. Macy Dale McMichael was born at 4:12 p.m. weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 19" long. Mother, baby and dad are all doing great". Chicagoslaughter.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "Chris Spielman is the fan favorite at hall ceremony - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. July 17, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "Steve McMichael: Mayor? Former Chicago Bear Throws Hat Into Ring For Romeoville Race". Huffingtonpost.com. August 18, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Ziezulewicz, Geoff (April 10, 2013) Romeoville mayor declares victory over 'Mongo' McMichael Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 10, 2016.

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