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Mike Compton
No. 74, 77     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-09-18) September 18, 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth: Richlands, Virginia
Career information
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1993 2000)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII)
Career NFL statistics as of 2004
Games played     151
Games started     119
Fumbles recovered     2
Stats at
Stats at

Michael Eugene Compton (born September 18, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. Compton played college football for West Virginia University, and was recognized as an All-American center. He played professionally for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, and started in Super Bowl XXXVI for the Patriots.

Early years

Compton was born in Richlands, Virginia.[1] He graduated from Richlands High School,[2] where he played high school football, baseball and wrestled for the Richlands Blue Tornadoes.

College career

Compton attended West Virginia University, and he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 1989 to 1992. He began his college career at West Virginia in 1989 as a redshirt freshman. Compton was backup to senior center Jeff Price that season. In 1990, Compton's sophomore season, he became the starter at the center position. His game experience from his redshirt freshman year was key in his starting success. In 1991, as a junior, Compton was an all-Big East selection.

In 1992, his senior season, Compton earned consensus All-American honors. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a first-team all-Big East selection, a selection to the CFA Scholar-Athlete Team, and a first-team Academic All-American.

In 2005, Compton was inducted into West Virginia University's Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Compton was selected in the third round (68th pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions,[3] and he played for the Lions from 1993 to 2000.[4] He was the starter on the offensive line, blocking for Barry Sanders during his record-setting rushing seasons. During his time with the Lions, Compton also served as the team's long snapper for field goal and point after attempts. Linebacker Allen Aldridge served as the long snapper for punt coverage.

During his NFL career, Mike Compton displayed versatility along the offensive line, often playing multiple positions in any given season.[5]

  • In 1993, he played a reserve role at Center.
  • In 1995, he would start 2 games at LT then start 3 games at LG. He would start at LG for the final 3 games of the season.
  • In 1996, he would start 15 games at LG.
  • In 1997, he would start 14 games at LG and start 2 games (10/12 and 10/19) at LT.
  • In 1998, he would start all 16 games at LG.
  • In 1999, he would start 15 games at C and the season finale at LT.
  • In 2000, he would start the opener and final 5 games at C. In between, he started at LG.
  • In 2001, he would start all 16 games at LG and take over at C in shotgun situations.
  • In 2002, he would start 15 games at LG and 1 game at C.

In 2001, Compton joined the New England Patriots squad. In his three seasons with the Patriots, Compton earned two Super Bowl rings. In 2004, Compton ended his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coaching career

Compton was an assistant coach at Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2008, he was named head football coach at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.[6]

In 2011, Compton began his collegiate football coaching career as offensive line coach for Bluefield College.[7]

In 2012, Compton was the offensive line coach at Fairmont State.

in 2013, Compton was the offensive line coach at Concord University.

in 2015, Compton is the offensive line coach at UVA Wise.

He and his family reside in Richlands, Virginia. Compton has three children.


  1. National Football League, Historical Players, Mike Compton. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2., Players, Mike Compton Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4., Players, Mike Compton. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. Bristol Herald Courier Retrieved on March 5, 2008.
  7. Jonathan Greene, "Compton to fulfill coaching dreams," Bluefield Daily Telegraph (July 23, 2011). Retrieved on February 16, 2012.

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