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May 1, 2007 > Mickey Sutton, Logan High standout

Mickey Sutton, Logan High standout

By Steve Michel

Chabot College Hall of Famer and former NFL pro, Mickey Sutton, was born in Greenville, Missisippi in 1960, grew up in the Bay Area and attended James Logan High School in Union City from 1974 - 1978. He starred on offense, defense and kickoffs for Logan High. Sutton was named first team All Mission Valley Athletic League his senior year. He also excelled in baseball for the Mighty Colts.

After graduating from Logan, Sutton enrolled at Chabot College in Hayward where he played football on offense at halfback and defense at cornerback. He also returned punts and kick-offs. The versatile Sutton was a starter on defense both years, 1978 and '79.

Sutton was one of the best man-to-man defensive backs in Chabot history. He led the Gladiators with six interceptions during the 1979 season. He also led the '79 team with three forced fumbles, two blocked passes, and 82 tackles, including 41 first hits. Sutton was elected to the Chabot Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 1980, Sutton received a full football scholarship to the University of Montana. He was also a starter there for two years at defensive comerback and, again, excelled at returning punts and kickoffs. He led all Montana defensive backs in all statistics both seasons he played.

After graduating from U of M in 1982, Sutton played semi-pro ball for several years, before landing a contract as a defensive back with the Birmingham Stallions of the now-defunct United States Football League. His play in the 1985 season attracted the attention of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams who drafted him in 1986. At 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, Sutton was small for pro football. However, his speed and quickness served him and the team well as a special teams player. He was a punt and kickoff return man throughout his NFL career, and he also played on the punt and kickoff coverage teams for the Rams. Sutton's versatility made him an asset at both defensive back and wide receiver, both of which he played at various times in the NFL.

Sutton played for the Rams for three seasons, then split the '89 season first with the Buffalo Bills, then the Green Bay Packers. He returned to the Rams in 1990 for one more year before retiring from professional football.

The former Logan High defensive back was the Mighty Colt's first player to make First Team All M.V.A.L, then go on to star in college and the pros. There would be others, Daryl Byrd (Chabot, University of Illinois, LA Raiders) and Roy Williams (University of Oklahoma, Dallas Cowboys). Sutton was the smallest of the three which made it tougher to survive in pro football. It was his quickness, toughness and determination that got him to the NFL and helped him last against men who outweighed him by as much as 200 pounds and hit him with everything they had. Sutton made it happen for a remarkable five years at football's highest level of play.

Today, Mickey Sutton lives in Southern California and revisits his other sports roots as a baseball coach for 16-year olds and under, with the Corona Dodgers. They are an independent "competitive travel baseball team" competing in amatuer, all star-level baseball. He's been with them since 2003.

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