Mike's Bio

Mike McCoy is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics where he played football and was a Consensus All-American. He was chosen UPI Lineman of the year and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year. He was the #1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers where he played defensive tackle. He played eleven years in the NFL – seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants.

Mike received many awards including the Packers Rookie of the Year, Packers Dodge NFL Man of the Year, Notre Dame Pro Player of the Year, and induction into the Erie, PA Pro Hall of Fame, Cathedral Prep Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Mike is a recipient of the Harvey Foster Humanitarian Award by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association and was also Inducted into National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. Mike was also awarded Bronco Nagurski Legends award which recognizes the best of the best of defensive football players in last 40 years.

Mike served on the Board of Directors of YMCA Camp High Harbour, Camp Hope in Georgia, Pro Athletes Outreach and Wisconsin Special Olympics.

Mike is President of Mike McCoy Ministries. He speaks primarily in Catholic Schools across America and abroad. He has also been a speaker for the National Catholic Educators Convention, Catholic Men’s Rallies, Bill Glass Ministries in prisons and to parents and coaches through the Notre Dame Play Like a Champion program.

Mike McCoy Ministries Summary of Student Comments and Statistics From January 2011 to May 2019

Total # of Presentations: 781
Total # of Presentations: 845
Total # of Students: 155,111
Total # that opened their hearts to Christ: 100,677
Total # of football cards distributed: 265,400
Total # of Book of Proverbs Club: 43,956

The value and worth of a person in God’s eyes” (4 and 5 graders)
Total # of presentations: 125
Total # of students: 9,511

Summary of Student Comments:
Encouraged to Make Changes: 111,491
Depression: 3,556
Contemplating suicide: 400
Attempted suicide: 16
Sexual abuse: 407
Sexual activity: 345
Cutting: 393
Drugs/ Alcohol: 2,847
Family problems: 5,275
Fear/ Doubt: 4,031
Poor self-esteem: 2,972
Lack of motivation: 2,683
Anger: 961
Peer pressure/ Wrong friends: 10,784
Pornography: 905
Bullying: 311
Sex Texting: 7
Past regrets/ Past mistakes: 959
Anorexia: 34
Weed: 94
Self-hate: 29
Stress/ Anxiety: 2,125
Cursing: 326
Lying: 305
Social Media: 1,479
Panic attacks: 3
Myself: 785
Sin: 426
Fights: 65
Gender Identity: 8
Vaping: 32
Body Shaming: 14
Gangs/Violence: 15


  1. Susan Duenkel on October 22, 2019 at 9:15pm

    Thank you for visiting Bishop Grimes today, as long time Packer fans my daughter was so excited to comehome and tell us about our story!

  2. Gabby from St.Margarets on October 25, 2019 at 1:27pm

    Good job today! Your speech was very inspirational! I am now going to pray more and have more patients with my friends.

  3. Max Franklin on September 19, 2021 at 3:24pm

    I meet Mike yesterday at the Notre Dame vs Purdue game. He took time out to talk to me when I approached him. I got a photo with and he was very pleasant to me. I got curios what Mike was doing after his football days. So I visited his website. Wonderful to see how he is touching and mentoring lives with his strong spiritual believes.
    So honored to meet such a man with high moral standards. Being a big N.D. Fan and old enough to watching him play, simply made my day.

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