Born(1936-03-16)March 16, 1936
Louisville, Kentucky
DiedJune 16, 2008(2008-06-16) (aged 72)
Beaumont, Texas
CollegeClemson University
NFL Draft1959 / Round 14 / Pick 162
Career highlights
AFL All-Star1960
HonorsAmerican Football League Champion, 1960
American Football League Champion, 1961
* Pro Football Reference
NFL San Francisco 49ers
AFL Houston Oilers
AFL Boston Patriots
AFL New York Jets

Michael Francis Dukes (March 16, 1936 – June 16, 2008) was an American collegiate and professional football player who was best known as a linebacker for the original Houston Oilers. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Dukes attended Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia and then played in college for Clemson University. He then played the 1959 season for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.[1][2] Dukes left the NFL for the upstart American Football League where he played six seasons for the Oilers, Boston Patriots and New York Jets. He played for the first two championship teams of the American Football League, the 1960 and 1961 Oilers, and was selected to the UPI All-AFL Team in 1961.

Dukes died in an automobile accident on Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas on June 16, 2008 at age 72.[3]

His internment was located at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

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