Mike Kostiuk
No. 71     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1919-08-01)August 1, 1919
Place of birth: Krydor, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date of death: July 26, 2015(2015-07-26) (aged 95)
Place of death: Sterling Heights, Michigan, U.S.
Career information
College: Detroit Tech
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Rams ( 1941)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Michael A. "Mike" Kostiuk (August 1, 1919 – July 26, 2015) was a National Football League offensive lineman.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Kostiuk was born in Krydor, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1][2] He grew up in Hamtramck, Michigan, United States, an enclave of Ukrainian immigrants in the Detroit area after his family moved from Canada when he was 5.[3] He died of heart failure in 2015 in Sterling Heights, Michigan.[3] He was the oldest living Detroit Lion when he died.[3]

Football[edit | edit source]

Kostiuk attended Hamtramck High School from 1934–1937, where he made All-City in 1935 and 1936, Detroit Tech from 1937-1940 on a football scholarship.[3] In 1939, he earned a position on the Little All-American Team. The players on this elite team were chosen from Class B colleges throughout the country. He left Detroit Tech in 1941 to play for the Cleveland Rams.[3] In 1942 he entered the United States Army and continued his football career there, making the Armed Forces All-Star team in 1943.[3]

After leaving the Army in 1945, he signed with the Detroit Lions. In 1946 he joined the Buffalo Bisons. He played a total of seven National Football League games with the Detroit Lions and two All-America Football Conference games with the Buffalo Bisons and one with the Cleveland Rams. On November 6, 1986, he was inducted into the Hamtramck High School Sports Hall of Fame.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Kostiuk Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. databasefootball.com
  2. "Michael Kostiuk". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KostMi20.htm.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press (27 July 2015). "Oldest living Detroit Lion, Mike Kostiuk, dies at 95". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/27/detroit-lions-mike-kostiuk/30752093/.

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