For today’s edition of “Where Are They Now?”, we are going back to the decade of the 1980s. Actually, this player was chosen by the Jets in the late 70s, but spent the entire decade of the 80s here. He was on the offensive side of the ball, and our answer to the Giants’ Mark Bavaro.
#82, the tight end, Mickey Shuler.
Mickey Shuler is originally from Harrisburg, PA. He went to high school in Enola, PA, and was a multi sport star, so much so, that he was recruited by Bobby Knight and Dean Smith to play college basketball. However, as we know, he chose football, playing for Joe Paterno at Penn State, as a three-year letterman. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1979.
Mickey was drafted by the Jets with their third round pick of the 1978 draft, the 61st pick overall. Here are his career stats:
|1989||New York Jets||7||–||29||322||11.1||22||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1988||New York Jets||15||–||70||805||11.5||42T||5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1987||New York Jets||11||–||43||434||10.1||32T||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1986||New York Jets||16||–||69||675||9.8||36T||4||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1985||New York Jets||16||–||76||879||11.6||35||7||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1984||New York Jets||16||–||68||782||11.5||49||6||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1983||New York Jets||16||–||26||272||10.5||28||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1982||New York Jets||9||–||8||132||16.5||51||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1981||New York Jets||6||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1980||New York Jets||16||–||22||226||10.3||26||2||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1979||New York Jets||16||–||16||225||14.1||46||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1978||New York Jets||16||–||11||67||6.1||15||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
He became quite the consistent weapon for Ken O’Brien through the decade of the 1980s. In his seasons of health with the New York Jets, he averaged nearly 40 receptions per season.
These days, Mickey can be found living in his old stomping grounds of Enola, Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan. His son, Mickey Jr, is also a tight end from Penn State. He was drafted by the Vikings in 2010, and has bounced around the league, recording 2 catches on his career. He was signed yesterday by the Buffalo Bills.
Mickey is getting his work done in community service these days, active with groups such as the New York Governor’s Council on Drugs and Alcohol, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, the United Way, and the Salvation Army, among others.
The tight end, #82, Mickey Shuler.