Mike Cofer (Linebacker) Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Children, Phil Cofer Father, Cause of Death, NFL

March 21st, 2019 - Former Detroit Lions Pro Bowler Mike Cofer dies aged 58 after long illness


Mike Cofer Bio, Wiki

Michael Lynn “Mike” Cofer was born on April 7th, 1960 and died on March 21st, 2019. He is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and the father of Florida State Seminoles’ Phil Cofer. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988.

Cofer played college football at Tennessee, where he was a captain of the 1982 squad.

Mike Cofer Personal information
Born: He was born on April 7th, 1960 in Knoxville, Tennessee
Died: He died on March 21st, 2019 (aged 58)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)

Mike Cofer Early life and college career

Cofer was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in the city’s Mechanicsville neighborhood. He played high school football at Rule High School. He was named to the Parade All-American team following his senior season. He was the number one recruit in the state, with offers from 50 schools.

From the 1979 season to 1982, Cofer played college football at Tennessee. In 1979, he played in all eleven games, registering 27 tackles (11 solo) and a fumble recovery. In 1980, he played in five games, picking up 32 tackles (22 solo), including a sack and two tackles for a loss, as well as two fumble recoveries, before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Cofer played in 10 games in 1981, registering 94 tackles (53 solo) and a blocked punt. He played in 11 games in 1982, tallying 84 tackles (58 solo), including 4 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss, as well as two fumble recoveries. He was named All-SEC following the 1982 season.

At Tennessee, Cofer was known as Mike “Stop” Cofer to distinguish him from his teammate, Mike “Go” Cofer, who played tight end.

Mike Cofer Professional career

In the 1983 NFL draft, Cofer was drafted by Detroit Lions in the 3rd round (67th overall). He featured in 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Lions, starting in 104 games. He registered 511 tackles and 63 sacks during his career.

Cofer played in all 16 games during his rookie season, earning 4.5 sacks. During his second season, he moved into the starting lineup, picking up 7 sacks. He initially started as a defensive end later switching to linebacker in 1985 when the Lions’ new head coach, Darryl Rogers, installed a 3-4 defense. He registered 7.5 sacks in 1986 and would lead the team in sacks each season from 1987 through 1990. He garnered 12 sacks in 1988 to earn an invitation to the Pro Bowl.

During the early 90s, Cofer struggled with injuries and missed most of the 1991 season and part of the 1992 season. After spending the entire 1993 season on injured reserve, he was waived by the Lions.

In September 2013, Cofer was honored as a Vol Legend of the Game during Tennessee’s game against South Alabama.

Mike Cofer Wife, Children

Cofer lives near Atlanta with his wife, Reba. They have two sons, Michael Isaiah and Philip. His younger brother, Joe, also played for Tennessee. Phil Cofer is an important piece of the Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team.

Mike Cofer Death and Cause

Cofer died on March 21st, 2019. The cause of death has not been announced at this point. but he was diagnosed with amyloidosis in 2007. According to WebMD, the disease is “a serious health problem that can lead to life-threatening organ failure.”

In August 2018, He and his family set up a GoFundMe to help pay for treatment. His wife Reba, according to her description on the fundraising site, also is suffering from her second bout with metastatic breast cancer. The effort raised $215, well short of the $7,500 goal.

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