Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 62, the number once worn by WVU defensive tackle, Mike Fox.
Fox, a native of Akron, OH, was a four-year member of the WVU football program from 1986-89. He did not see a lot of playing time his first three seasons in Morgantown, but managed to appear 19 games, and recorded 42 tackles during this time span. He was a part of the memorable 1988 squad that finished a perfect 11-0 in the regular season, and played Notre Dame for the National Championship in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl.
Fox broke out his senior season as he started all 12 games for Don Nehlen’s bunch. He recorded an astonishing 78 tackles that season, along with 10 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His 10 sacks in a single season was the most for a player at a position other than linebacker or defensive end at that time. The team finished 8-2-1 in the regular season to earn a bid to the 1989 Gator Bowl.
While the team lost the game 27-7 to Clemson, Fox took home game MVP honors on the WVU end of things. Clemson’s game MVP was a defensive standout; that came in the form of line backer Levon Kirkland.
Following his graduation from West Virginia University, Fox was selected in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft by the New York Giants. He would spend five seasons in the organization, earning a Super Bowl ring with fellow WVU alum, Jeff Hostetler, as part of the Giants’ Super Bowl XXV triumph over the Buffalo Bills in 1991. Fox would leave the Giants in 1995 to sign on with the expansion Carolina Panthers during free agency. Fox would play four more seasons in the league before retiring from the game in 1998.
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