Former Packers DB Mike C. McCoy dies

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 22, 2016 – 4:57 pm

GREEN BAY — Former Packers defensive back Mike C. McCoy, who played eight seasons in Green Bay from 1976-83, has died. He was 62 years old.

Drafted in the third round with the 72nd overall pick in 1976 out of the University of Colorado, McCoy played his entire NFL career for the Packers. In 110 games, including 97 starts, the West Memphis, Ark., native intercepted 13 passes, including four in 1977, his first year as a starter, when he tied for the team lead. McCoy learned as a pro cornerback under esteemed coach Dick LeBeau, who coached Green Bay’s defensive backs for McCoy’s first four seasons.

McCoy also recovered five fumbles and averaged 22.0 yards in his career as a kickoff returner, which he did for four seasons (1976-81). He ranked in the top 10 in the league as a kickoff returner as a rookie in 1976 with a 25.4 average, though he was not Green Bay’s primary return man that season. He was behind Steve Odom on the depth chart.

McCoy went to the playoffs once as a member of the Packers, with the 1982 team in the strike-shortened season.

Within the last decade, McCoy was diagnosed with dementia, and he spoke with reporters often about his struggles with memory loss and other brain issues. A story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel just last fall recounted the story of McCoy saving a drowning man in Shawano Lake near Green Bay back in 1980, and some of his recent health problems.


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