Mike Tomczak

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Mike Tomczak
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Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1962-10-23) October 23, 1962 (age 59)
Calumet City, Illinois
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Thornton Fractional North
(Calumet City, Illinois)
College: Ohio State
Undrafted: 1985
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:185
Games started:73
TDINT:88–106
Yards:16,079
QB rating:68.9
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael John Tomczak (born October 23, 1962) is a former American football player. Tomczak played quarterback for several NFL teams from 1985 through 1999, including the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. [1] He was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League until 2014 when they ceased operations.

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Early life, family and education

Tomczak is of Polish descent. [2]

He attended Thornton Fractional North in Calumet City, Illinois. He attended college at Ohio State University and played football for its football team, the Buckeyes.

Professional football

Chicago Bears

Tomczak went undrafted out of college and signed as an original free agent with the Chicago Bears. He started no games his first year but did earn a Super Bowl ring, and saw playing time in Super Bowl XX on January 26, 1986, during the fourth quarter of the Bears' 46–10 win over the New England Patriots on the kickoff unit, where he was penalized for a facemask penalty. [3] He was a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the Bears' video for The Super Bowl Shuffle , mimicking playing guitar. He played for the Bears until 1990 starting 31 games and throwing for 31 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.

Green Bay Packers

Tomczak was signed by the Green Bay Packers after the 1990 season and started seven games, throwing 11 touchdown passes, 128 completions and 9 interceptions. He was cut by the Packers on Monday, August 31, 1992 after not participating in training camp activities or appearing in the entire preseason due to a lengthy contract holdout. [4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

After spending a year with the Green Bay Packers and another with the Cleveland Browns, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent seven seasons with the team, starting for much of the 1996 season and helping to guide the team into the playoffs. He started occasionally throughout his last three seasons with the Steelers, spelling Kordell Stewart for long stretches of the year in 1999.

After his contract with Pittsburgh was not renewed, he signed with the Detroit Lions in 2000 but suffered a broken right tibia in an exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders. After being forced to sit out the entire season, he retired from football, the last remaining active player from the 1985 Bears team. When asked about this, he replied, "Well, I had my run and I think it's time for new rookies to take my place on this team."

For his career, Tomczak has 73 starts, completed 55.3% of his passes for 88 touchdowns and 106 interceptions.

Career highlights

Among Tomczak's NFL career highlights, he won his first 10 starts at quarterback, all with Chicago, which set an NFL Record (breaking the mark set by former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Kruczek). The mark was eventually topped by former Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger. In 1988, Tomczak was the starting QB for Chicago in the infamous "Fog Bowl" playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, guiding the Bears to a 20-12 victory that put them in the NFC Championship Game. Tomczak started the last 15 games of the regular season, plus two playoff games, for Pittsburgh in 1996. The Steelers won 11 of those games, losing in the playoffs to eventual AFC champions, the New England Patriots. In his final regular season game, Pittsburgh lost a shoot-out against the Tennessee Titans 47-36, the highest scoring game in the history of Three Rivers Stadium. Tomczak passed for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns in his final game.

Career stats

YearTeamGPGSPassingRushing
CmpAttPctYdsY/ATDIntRtgAttYdsAvgTD
1985 CHI 602633.3335.50052.8231.50
1986 CHI 1377415149.01,1057.321050.2231175.13
1987 CHI 1269717854.51,2206.951062.018543.01
1988 CHI 1458617050.61,3107.77675.413403.11
1989 CHI 161115630651.02,0586.7161668.224713.01
1990 CHI 1623910437.55215.03543.812413.42
1991 GB 12712823853.81,4906.311972.617935.51
1992 CLE 12812021156.91,6937.27780.124391.60
1993 PIT 71295453.73987.42551.35-4-0.80
1994 PIT 62549358.18048.640100.84225.50
1995 PIT 746511357.56665.91944.311252.30
1996 PIT 161522240155.42,7676.9151768.922-70.30
1997 PIT 160162466.71857.71268.97131.90
1998 PIT 160213070.02046.82283.2000.00
1999 PIT 16513925853.91,6256.312875.816191.20
Career185731,2482,33753.416,0796.98810668.91985262.79

Post NFL career

Tomczak worked as a sports announcer in Pittsburgh, as well as a color commentator for ESPN college football games, before becoming a sports management agent. In 2001, he appeared on the sitcom Yes, Dear as himself. He is a director at SMG Sports Management and has continued to work as a sports commentator.

Tomczak was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League from 2010-2014. [5] Tomczak has served as a volunteer coach, with Division I-AA Youngstown State University, since 2017.

In late April 2010, while serving as a volunteer coach for Ohio Dominican University, he was arrested and charged with two counts of simple assault for "lunging at his wife, grabbing her and stepping on her foot." [6] The charges were dropped on May 4, 2010.

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References

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