Sellers at Redskins training camp in 2011
|No. 45, 44|
|Date of birth:July 21, 1975|
|Place of birth: Frankfurt, West Germany|
|College: Walla Walla CC (WA)|
|Undrafted in 1994|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Edmonton Eskimos (1995–1997)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pro Bowl (2008)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Michael "Mike" Sellers (born July 21, 1975) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League (NFL). He was the youngest import player to sign a Canadian Football League (CFL) deal in the history of the football league when he played at 19 years old for the Edmonton Eskimos. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL's Washington Redskins, and also played for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
Sellers attended North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball and track. As a senior, he was named the Washington Prep Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.
Junior College Career
Sellers attended Walla Walla Community College and earned junior college All-America honors as a linebacker.
Canadian Football League
Sellers attained some stardom in the Canadian Football League, where he moved to fullback and appeared for the Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With the Blue Bombers, he was the power half of what was then the league's most dangerous rushing duo, "Thunder and Lightning", with fleet-footed running back Charles Roberts.
On March 16, 2001, Sellers signed with the Cleveland Browns. He was waived by the Browns on November 27, 2001.
Return to the Washington Redskins
Sellers made his return to the Redskins after signing with them on January 5, 2004.
On March 7, 2005, he re-signed with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent.
Sellers signed a multi-year contract extension on March 2, 2007.
On September 16, 2009, the Redskins signed him to a two-year contract extension. Sellers was involved in controversy after a 2009 exhibition game against the New England Patriots. As part of the pregame ceremonies, the last Washington Redskin player announced comes on to the field holding the American flag. This task fell to Sellers who took the flag to midfield before throwing it on the ground. This upset fans in attendance and caused Sellers to issue an apology the next day. He said it was a heat of the moment thing and not meant to be a sign of disrespect.
In the 2011 season, Sellers was made the backup fullback losing the starting spot to Darrel Young. According to Young, Sellers showed no hard feelings and has even acted as a mentor to him. Throughout the season, Sellers played more on special teams along with being a backup fullback, tight end, and H-back.
In a 1999 article in The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), Sellers was listed as one of the 100 greatest athletes in Washington state history.
Mike Sellers has two daughters, Kaylin and Braxton.
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- Maese, Rick. "Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young learns from Mike Sellers". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/darrel-young-mike-sellers-help-each-other-out-at-fullback/2011/08/22/gIQAV1pPXJ_story.html. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
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- "Report: Redskins Release Mike Sellers". Washington.CBSlocal.com. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/03/12/report-redskins-release-mike-sellers/. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- Uhlmann, Steve (July 27, 2012). "Redskins Training Camp: Mike Sellers To Retire, According To Report". SBNation.com. http://dc.sbnation.com/washington-redskins/2012/7/27/3197434/redskins-training-camp-mike-sellers-retire. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
- "The top 25 greatest running backs in state history". The Seattle Times. November 9, 2004. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002085660_backslist09.html.