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Mike Doss

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Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-03-24) March 24, 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
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Career information
High school: Canton McKinley High School,
Canton, Ohio
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles: 261
Quarterback sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 7
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Michael Allen Doss (born March 24, 1981) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for Ohio State University, earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a national championship team. The Indianapolis Colts chose him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.

Early years

Doss was born in Canton, Ohio. He attended Canton McKinley High School, and played high school football for the McKinley Bulldogs. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back state football championships, 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 attended Ohio State University, where he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1999 to 2002. He started 40 out of 50 career games and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a three-time first-team All-America choice by the Sporting News. He had 331 career tackles, eight interceptions, eight fumbles recovered, and six quarterback sacks. With Doss starting all 14 games as a senior, Ohio State won the BCS National Championship by defeating the Miami Hurricanes 31–24 in the Fiesta Bowl, with Doss intercepting a Ken Dorsey pass to give Ohio State the lead. As a senior, he also was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a unanimous first-team All-American.[1]

Doss was inducted into the Ohio State Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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.

NFL stats

2003 IND 15 102 73 29 0.0 3 0 0 1 15 15 15 0 4
2004 IND 10 46 39 7 1.0 3 0 0 2 32 16 32 0 2
2005 IND 15 77 57 20 0.0 0 0 0 2 8 4 8 0 5
2006 IND 6 29 24 5 0.0 0 0 0 2 47 24 31 0 5
2007 MIN 8 6 5 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CIN 3 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 57 261 199 62 1.0 6 0 0 7 102 15 32 0 17


  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed


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

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.


  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mike Doss Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

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