Mike Lucky
No. 84, 87, 86     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-11-23) November 23, 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth: Antioch, California
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229
Debuted in 1999 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2002 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     19
Rec. yards     143
Touchdowns     1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Michael Thomas Lucky (born November 23, 1975) is a former American football tight end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was selected in the seventh round (229th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. He played college football at Arizona.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Lucky was born in Antioch, California where he played for antioch youth football and attended Antioch High School. While there, he served as team captain and recorded 36 receptions for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning all-Northern California and all-state accolades as a senior. He left high school rated as the 15th best tight end in the country by SuperPrep magazine.

College career[edit | edit source]

Lucky attended the University of Arizona where he was a two-year starter for the Wildcats. As a junior-starter, for the Insight.com Bowl champions, he finished fourth on the team with 13 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he finished fourth on the team with 11 receptions for 142 yards. He also added 40 knockdown blocks.

Lucky started 35 of the final 36 games of his college career, recording 43 career receptions for 563 yards and four touchdowns. He also earned his degree in Political science while at Arizona.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Lucky was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]

Lucky's rookie season got off to a difficult start as he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot on August 27 and was forced to miss five weeks. On October 3, he earned his first career start and first career reception, both against the Arizona Cardinals. Lucky's sophomore season with the Cowboys never got under-way as he tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee during the pre-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He underwent re-constructive surgery to repair the ligaments in his knee on August 1 and was placed on injured reserve. After 12 months of hard work and rehab, he returned to action and earned starts in five-of-16 games in 2001. His blocking helped bring about a resurgence in the Dallas running game that saw the Cowboys rank third in the league with 136.5 yards-per-game on the ground. As a receiver, he recorded 13 receptions for 96 yards and his first career touchdown. At season's end, he was selected as the club's Ed Block Courage Award recipient by his teammates. In 2002, Lucky appeared in 16 games, starting none. He recorded one reception for 22 yards. That season would mark his final season with the Cowboys as well as a professional football player.

Personal[edit | edit source]

Off the field, Lucky has shown support for the Race for the Cure in the Dallas/Fort Worth, which benefits The Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He would also donate his time to Our Children's Center in Irving, Texas.

Lucky and wife Deanna have a daughter, Madison. Deanna was a member of the inaugural Dallas Desperados Dancers team.

External links[edit | edit source]

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