Mike Whittington (’76) – Football
Mike was a three-year starter at inside linebacker. In his senior year, he was first team All-County and named an All-American. He was rated as the No. 2 college football prospect in the state.
Later, he was selected to the Miami Herald’s All-Decade team, one of only three linebackers on that team.
After a recruiting war for his services among almost every great college football team in the country, Mike selected the University of Notre Dame, where he became a starter his sophomore year. That year the Fighting Irish won the National Championship with a quarterback by the name of Joe Montana.
Mike was not drafted out of Notre Dame, but he signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.
They say the hardest job in sports to get is a spot on an NFL team by a player who is not drafted. But they didn’t say that about Mike Whittington after he made the New York Giants.
He played four years for the Giants, his coaches there included Bill Parcells and Bill Belichek.
Mike left the Giants after four years to play in the United States Football League during a time when the USFL was raiding NFL rosters for talent. Remember, that’s the league where Donald Trump was an owner and they signed players like Herschel Walker, Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie. Mike Whittington, too.
An injury ended his pro career.
Today, Mike lives in Melbourne with his wife Pam – his high school sweetheart. They’ve been married for of 28 years and have two sons.