Mike Compton (American football)

Mike Compton (American football)
Mike Compton
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Personal information
Date of birth: September 18, 1970 (1970-09-18) (age 41)
Place of birth: Richlands, Virginia
High School: Richlands High School
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Debuted in 1993 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 2004 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • College Football All-America (1992)
  • West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2004
Games played     151
Games started     119
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Michael Eugene "Mike" Compton (born September 18, 1970 in Richlands, Virginia) is a former American football guard who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (1993–2004). He started in Super Bowl XXXVI for the New England Patriots. Compton was a consensus All-American center in 1992 for West Virginia University.


Collegiate career

Mike Compton played high school football for Richlands High School in Richlands, Virginia. Compton began his collegiate career at West Virginia in 1989 as a redshirt freshman. Compton was backup to senior center Jeff Price that season. In 1990, Compton's sophomore season, he became the starter at the center position. His game experience from his redshirt freshman year was key in his starting success. In 1991, as a junior, Compton was an all-Big East selection.

In 1992, his senior season, Compton earned consensus All-American honors. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a first-team all-Big East selection, a selection to the CFA Scholar-Athlete Team, and a first-team Academic All-American.

Professional career

Compton was selected in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Compton was the starter on the offensive line, blocking for Barry Sanders during his record-setting rushing seasons. During his time with the Lions, Compton also served as the team's long snapper for field goal and point after attempts. Linebacker Allen Aldridge served as the long snapper for punt coverage.

In 2001, Compton joined the New England Patriots squad. In his three seasons with the Patriots, Compton earned two Super Bowl rings. In 2004, Compton ended his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In 2005, Compton was inducted into West Virginia University's Sports Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Compton was an assistant coach at Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2008, he was named head football coach at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.[1]

In 2011, Compton began his collegiate football coaching career as offensive line coach for Bluefield College. [2]


Compton is married with three children. He resides in Richlands,Virginia.


  1. ^ Bristol Herald Courier Retrieved on March 5, 2008.
  2. ^ Bluefield Daily Telegraph Retrieved on July 24, 2011.

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