Don Healy

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Don Healy
No. 60, 62, 78, 75
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1936-08-28)August 28, 1936
Rome, New York
Died:April 2, 2020(2020-04-02) (aged 83)
Naples, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Rome Free Academy (NY)
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1958  / Round: 3 / Pick: 37
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:51
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Michael Donald Healy (August 28, 1936 – April 2, 2020) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League. He played college football at the University of Maryland.

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Early years

Healy attended Rome Free Academy, where he received honorable-mention All-state honors in football. He also practiced baseball and hockey.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Maryland. He played as a two-way tackle and was a three-year starter.

He was a part of the 1958 College All Star team that defeated the 1957 NFL Champion Detroit Lions. [1] His teammates included Alex Karras, Ray Nitschke and Chuck Howley. He also took part in the Senior Bowl and the East–West Shrine Game.

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Healy was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (37th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played two seasons and was a backup offensive guard.

Dallas Cowboys

He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft, [2] becoming the first starter at left defensive tackle in franchise history. He holds the single-season Cowboys record for fumble recoveries (5 in 1961), established when the regular season was 14 games long. He was released on September 7, 1962. [3]

Buffalo Bills

In 1962, he played for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.

Personal life

He died on April 2, 2020, in Naples, Florida at age 83. [4]

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  3. "Los Angeles Rams Trade Two to Dallas" . Retrieved February 3, 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Tribute for Michael Donald Healy". Fullernaples.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)