World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Mike Fanning

Mike Fanning
No. 79,74
Position: Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth:

(1953-02-02) February 2, 1953

Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL draft: 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-America (1974)
  • All-Rookie (1975)
Career NFL statistics
Games: 137
Sacks: 42½
Safeties: 1
Stats at

Michael LaVern Fanning (born February 2, 1953 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is a retired American football player. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame. He was a defensive tackle for ten seasons in the National Football League. He started in Super Bowl XIV for the Los Angeles Rams.


A rough competitor who puts out the kind of pursuit that upsets running backs and terrorizes quarterbacks. At Notre Dame, Fanning accounted for 164 tackles. Fanning was a starter at defensive tackle in 1973 and 1974. He was an 1974 All-America selection by the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, NEA, Time and was a Second-team All-America selection by the AP. In his years at Notre Dame he shared the practice field with Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger whose saga was made into a Hollywood film, "Rudy."

Notre Dame ranked 2nd in the nation in total defense in 1973 and the Irish claimed the National Championship with an 11-0 record. In 1974 the defense ranked first in the nation, allowing only 195.2 yards per game and were ranked 6th in the nation in the final AP poll.


Fanning was drafted on the First round (9th selection) of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He was touted to be the successor of Merlin Olsen who was entering his 14th season in 1975. In 1976, in spot duty for Olsen, Fanning recorded 4 sacks.

Fanning took over as the starter at left tackle in 1979 after an injury to Cody Jones. Fanning had 8 sacks in 1979 and 10 sacks in 1980. He led the Rams in sacks in the strike-shortened 1982 season with 5.

Prior to the 1983 season Fanning was traded to the Detroit Lions. He played one season with the Lions and was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1984. He had 7 sacks in 1984 as a pass-rush specialist for the Seahawks.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.