Mike Furrey was a three-time All-America honoree for the University of Northern Iowa football team (1997-1999). Furrey caught 242 passes for 3,544 yards or the Panthers. Furrey played with Matt Nagy on the New York Dragons, a professional arena football team based in the New York metropolitan area. Naggy was the quarterback and Furrey was a receiver. They were also roommates. Furrey “complains” that Nagy never threw him the ball!
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Furrey was on the Indianapolis Colts in 2000 initially, but his career was never easy. Furry could play offense or defense. After one year on the Colts, he was “trying to make a living in football” with the Las Vegas Outlaws and the New York Dragons. His work started to pay off and in 2003 he was picked up by the Saint Louis Rams where he played defensive back for the Rams. After the Rams, he played for the Detroit Lions from 2006-2008 as a receiver. He was a very good receiver with the Lions especially in 2006 before Calvin Johnson came on board. In that year, he caught 98 passes for 1,086 yards and 7 touchdowns. Furrey ranked second in the National Football League in receptions (98) that year. He was with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and with the Washington Redskins in 2010, but did not play. His career saw great peaks and valleys.
Between his pro careers–as player and coach, Furry had coached at several colleges. He had been head football coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. Before that he had coached two season at Kentucky Christian University and three seasons at Marshall University.
When Matt Nagy was given the nod to be head coach for the Bears, he thought of his old friend Mike Furrey as someone who could help the Bears team. Mike Furrey was hired by the Bears on January 12, 2018. Nagy wants to create a team of high character players and Furrey certainly evokes that kind of man.
Thrice nominated for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Furrey won the 2009 JB Award, a community service award given by James Brown the host of The James Brown Show, the NFL Today on CBS Sports, and Thursday Night Football on CBS Sports and NFL Network. Furrey was also selected as the 2009 NFL Ed Block Courage Award recipient.
In 2007, Furrey founded the Mike Furrey Foundation to help improve the lives of the less fortunate. He also serves as the board president for Basket of Hope with former NFL coach Tony Dungy as the organization’s spokesperson.