Mike Gulian
Personal information
Date of birth: (1900-07-29)July 29, 1900
Place of birth: Marash, Ottoman Empire
Date of death: January 10, 1970(1970-01-10) (aged 69)
Place of death: Newton, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Brown
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Buffalo All-Americans (1923)
Career highlights and awards
*First-team All-American (1922)

Milanese J. "Mike" Gulian (July 29, 1900 – January 10, 1970), sometimes known as the Armenian Prince,[1] was an Armenian-born player of American football. He was a first-team All-American in 1922 and subsequently played five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) from 1923 to 1927. He was the first Armenian-born player in the league.

Gulian was born in Marash in Western Armenia then part of Ottoman Empire, immigrated to the United States at a young age, and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts.[1]

Gulian played college football at the tackle position for the Brown Bears football team and was captain of Brown's 1922 team.[1][2] His play was reported to have been largely responsible for Brown's 3–0 victory over Harvard in 1922.[1] He was selected by Athletic World magazine, Billy Evans, Lawrence Perry and the Romelke Press Clipping Bureau as a first-team tackle on the 1922 College Football All-America Team. His total of 97 votes in the Romelke poll was the fifth highest that year.[3]

Gulian also played five seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo All-Americans (1923), Frankford Yellow Jackets (1924), and Providence Steam Roller (1925–1927).[4] He was the first Armenian-born player in the NFL.[1] He is distinguished as being the first Armenian to play in the National Football League.

After retiring from football, Gulian worked for the Equitable Life Assurance Company in Boston. During World War II, he served in the United States Army for 10 months and then with the American Red Cross in India for three years. Gulian died in 1970 at his home in Newton, Massachusetts.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Deaths". Brown Alumni Monthly. March 1970. https://archive.org/stream/brownalumnimonth706brow/brownalumnimonth706brow_djvu.txt.
  2. "Brown Football Captain Forced To Leave School". Daily Illini. January 7, 1923. http://idnc.library.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/illinois?a=d&d=DIL19230107.2.109.
  3. "Michigan Proves A Favorite: Consensus Vote of Sports Writers Shows Wolverines Have Most Men Picked". Los Angeles Times. 1922-12-27.
  4. "Mike Gulian". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GuliMi20.htm. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
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