Cox playing for Massachusetts in 2012
|Running back / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:November 14, 1989|
|Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New York Giants ( 2013– 2014)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Yards per carry||2.9|
Michael A. Cox Jr. (born November 14, 1988) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Giants in the 7th round (253 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football as an undergraduate for the Michigan Wolverines, and as a graduate student for the Massachusetts Minutemen.
A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Cox attended high school at Avon Old Farms prep school in Avon, Connecticut, graduating in 2008. In three seasons at Avon Old Farms Cox rushed for 2,400 yards, including a junior season in which he rushed for 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. Ranked by most publications as a 4 star prospect Cox signed a national letter of intent with the University of Michigan. He was also part of Avon Old Farms first ever New England track championship with former Chicago Bear Khaseem Greene.
After redshirting for the 2008 season, Cox saw limited action on the Wolverines roster from 2009 to 2011. Cox would play in 15 games over three years, rushing for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Cox' best single game for the Wolverines was during his redshirt freshman season, against Delaware State when he rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Cox graduated from Michigan in the spring of 2012. With one year of eligibility remaining Cox transferred to UMass. Due to NCAA regulations, since Cox already obtained his undergraduate degree, he was not required to sit out one season under normal transfer guidelines. Cox would serve as the feature back for the Minutemen. He started all 12 games, and despite running behind an inexperienced offensive line, Cox rushed for 715 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in both categories. Against Miami (OH) Cox recorded the best game of his career with 188 yards rushing on 30 carries and two touchdowns. Cox would also register 81 yards against his former team Michigan.
New York GiantsEdit
Cox was drafted by the New York Giants with the 253rd pick, in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Cox made his first professional start on Monday Night Football on October 21, 2013. He was waived on April 27, 2015.
In November 2013, a New York Times  report revealed events that not only the Giants organization was unaware of about Cox, but that Cox himself had not fully become aware of until he was 13 years old. The report detailed how Cox's father, Michael A. Cox Sr., a Boston police officer, had been the victim of a mistaken but vicious beating by fellow police officers in 1995. The beating of Michael Cox investigation was all but tossed under the rug, and became infamous as "Boston's Rodney King case." Eventually, Cox's father sued and was awarded $900,000 by the Boston police department, which he continues to serve as a superintendent.
Cox's mother, Kimberly, is an anesthesiologist, and he is the eldest of her and Michael Cox Sr.'s four children. Michael's younger brother Nicholas Cox is a college football player at a division 1 AA program University Of Maine.
- ↑ Wilkening, Mike. "Giants waive RB Michael Cox". Pro Football Talk. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/27/giants-waive-rb-michael-cox/. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- ↑ Pennington, Bill (November 17, 2013). "A Lesson: Persevere". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/sports/football/a-lesson-in-perseverance-for-giants-running-back.html?hpw&rref=sports&pagewanted=all. Retrieved November 18, 2013.