Steve McMichael

Class of 2024



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The New England Patriots selected Steve McMichael, a consensus All-America selection at the University of Texas, in the third round (73rd overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. After playing in only six regular-season games, the Patriots released him before the start of the 1981 season.
The following season, after an injury to one of their starting defensive linemen, the Chicago Bears brought in McMichael to back up Hall of Famer ALAN PAGE during his final season. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the Bears had found the quintessential ironman to bolster their defensive unit. 

At 6-feet-2 and 270 pounds, McMichael played in a franchise-record 191 consecutive games for the Bears, becoming a starter at defensive tackle during the 1983 campaign. As a full-time starter, McMichael went on to earn two Pro Bowl nods (1986 and 1987) and three consecutive first-team All-Pro selections (1985-87).
“Mongo” became a vital part in the Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl run, as the club looked to end their championship drought of nearly 20 years. From 1982 until 1991, the Bears allowed the fewest points, rushing yards and total yards in the NFL, while recording the most sacks. McMichael played a role in the Bears winning six division championships and Super Bowl XX in 1986 against his former club, the New England Patriots. In his lone Super Bowl, McMichael started at left defensive tackle and recorded a sack. 

McMichael helped the Bears set numerous defensive team records in 1984, including fewest yards allowed (3,863) and most sacks (72; McMichael had 10). The Bears’ 72 total sacks still stand as an NFL record.  

McMichael’s 92.5 career sacks rank second in Bears history, behind Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT. Twice, in 1988 (11.5) and 1992 (10.5), McMichael led the team in the category, and he totaled seven seasons with eight or more.

Year Team G No.
1980 New England Patriots 6 N/A
1981 Chicago Bears 10 N/A
1982 Chicago Bears 9 2.5
1983 Chicago Bears 16 8,5
1984 Chicago Bears 16 10.0
1985 Chicago Bears 16 8.0
1986 Chicago Bears 16 8.0
1987 Chicago Bears 12 7.0
1988 Chicago Bears 16 11.5
1989 Chicago Bears 16 7.5
1990 Chicago Bears 16 4.0
1991 Chicago Bears 16 9.0
1992 Chicago Bears 16 10.5
1993 Chicago Bears 16 6.0
1994 Green Bay Packers 16 2.5
Career total   213 95.0

Additional career statistics: Interceptions — 2-5; safeties — 3.

Full name: Stephen Douglass McMichael 

Birthdate: Oct. 17, 1957

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

High school: Freer (Texas) 

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: Jan. 17, 2024

Other members of the Class of 2024: Dwight Freeney, Randy Gradishar, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson,  Julius Peppers, Patrick Willis.

Pro career: 15 seasons, 213 games.

Drafted: Third round (73rd overall) in 1980 by New England Patriots

Uniform numbers: 76 (Chicago 1981-1993); 66 (New England 1980); 90 (Green Bay 1994)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024 Enshrinement is Aug. 3.