Mike Doss

Mike Doss
Mike Doss
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: March 24, 1981 (1981-03-24) (age 30)
Place of birth: Canton, OH
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 2003 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     261
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     7
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Allen Doss (born March 24, 1981) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.


Early years

Doss attended Canton McKinley High School, leading them to back-to-back state football titles, as well as a USA Today National Championship as a running back, linebacker, and safety. As a senior, he had 1,454 yards rushing, 22 touchdowns, 111 tackles, and three interceptions and won all-state honors and an All-America honorable mention by USA Today.

College career

Doss played as a safety at Ohio State University, where he started 40 out of 50 career games and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a three-time All-America choice by the Sporting News. He had 331 career tackles, eight interceptions, eight fumbles recovered, and six sacks. With Doss starting all 14 games as a senior, Ohio State won the national championship against the University of Miami in the Fiesta Bowl as Doss intercepted a Ken Dorsey pass to give Ohio State the lead. He also was a consensus First Team All-America, a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.

On Saturday, September 10, 2011, Doss was inducted into the Ohio State Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

In 2003, the Indianapolis Colts drafted Doss in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In that season, he started 15 games at strong safety, amassing 101 tackles and three interceptions. Doss was released by the Colts after the 2006 season.

Minnesota Vikings

On April 4, 2007 Doss was signed to a one-year contract by the Minnesota Vikings. He played in eight games.

Cincinnati Bengals

Doss was then signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on December 9, 2008 after the team released defensive end Josh Mallard. He was released by the team on April 27, 2009.


In 2005, Mike Doss founded The Michael A. Doss Foundation (Make A Difference campaign). MDF was founded to assist in the advancement of education, relief of the underprivileged and underserved youth and the promotion of social welfare by lessening neighborhood tensions, eliminating prejudice and discrimination, and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency. More information is available at www.MADifference.org.

In 2010 Doss was has named the winner of the Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Doss and the Mike Doss Foundation have been responsible for the Make A Difference Youth Football Camp at Fawcett Stadium. Approximately 200 children, ages 8–12, have participated annually. Doss also is responsible for the Back to School Block Party for Canton City Schools students. By partnering with local companies and organizations, Doss’ organization has distributed goods with a total value of $20,000. Doss also continues to provide gifts to local children during the holiday season and serves as a motivational speaker for students in Canton City Schools as requested.

External links

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