Stephen Douglas “Mongo” McMichael, professionally known as Steve McMichael is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), former professional wrestler, commentator, and head coach. He is well known for winning the World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He becomes a member of the legendary Four Horsemen stable and was a one-time WCW United States Champion. He was a consensus first-team All-American in his senior season, and he was defensive MVP at the 1979 Hula Bowl. Steve made his debut with the company as the pro-babyface color commentator on the premiere of “WCW Monday Nitro” on 4th September 1995. He was also the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) from 2007 to 2013.
- Being a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), former professional wrestler, commentator, and head coach.
- For winning the World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Where was Steve McMichael Born?
Steve McMichael was born on 17th October 1957 with the real name of Stephen Douglas “Mongo” McMichael in Houston, Texas, U.S. He is of American nationality and he belongs to American-white ethnicity. Similarly, his religion is Christian and his race is white. Steve has celebrated his 63rd birthday as of 2020 which is his present age. As per his birthdate, his star sign is Libra. His biological father’s name has not been revealed yet however we know that, his parents separated before his second birthday, and his mother, Betty McMichael later remarried E.V. McMichael who was an oil company executive and from whose surname McMichael adopted. He has three other siblings: older brother John Richard and younger sisters Kathy and Sharon.
Moving to Steve’s education, he attended Freer High School and later decided to attend the iconic University of Texas at Austin where he played as a defensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1976 to 1979, but his freshman season was marred by the death of his stepfather.
What does Steve McMichael do for a living?
- Steve McMichael kicks off his career playing as a defensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1976 to 1979 after which he became a consensus first-team All-American, and he was defensive MVP at the 1979 Hula Bowl in his senior season. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on 17th July 2010.
- Steve was drafted out of Texas in 1980 by the New England Patriots but cut before his second season whereas the Chicago Bears signed him as a free agent in 1981 where he became one of their starting defensive tackles and helped lead them to a Super Bowl win in 1985.
- He had a streak of 101 games started until 1990 when his playing time was reduced. He led the Bears with 111⁄2 sacks in 1988. He had 108 tackles in 1989.
- He was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl teams for the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
- McMichael gained notability in a 1991 game against the New York Jets as with the Bears down 13-6 with 1:54 remaining, he forced a Blair Thomas fumble and recovered it at the New York 36. Bears coach Mike Ditka said in 2005 that Steve was the toughest player he had ever coached.
Professional wrestling career
- Steve appeared at ringside in the WWF for Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI on 2nd April 1995, in Hartford, Connecticut after the end of his NFL career.
- He provided guest commentary during the 20th March episode of “Monday Night Raw” whereas he was hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1995.
- He made his debut with the company as the pro-babyface color commentator on the premiere of WCW Monday Nitro” on 4th September 1995.
- Ric Flair started hitting on McMichael’s wife Debra in April 1996, who would sit at ringside during “WCW Monday Nitro”. McMichael challenged Flair and Arn Anderson to a match with his partner Kevin Greene.
- The match took place at The Great American Bash. During the match, Debra and Greene’s wife were chased to the back by Woman and Miss Elizabeth, who were Flair’s valets.
- Jarrett was kicked out of the Horsemen, and Debra soon left McMichael for Jarrett in July 1997 whereas Steve got his revenge when he defeated Jarrett for his WCW United States Heavyweight Championship on the 21st August episode of “Clash of the Champions XXXV”.
- Debra hired Goldberg to get McMichael, and he became one of Goldberg’s first victims in November 1997. Goldberg stole McMichael’s Super Bowl ring and weeks later McMichael hit Goldberg with a pipe and reclaimed it.
- They feuded with the nWo until McMichael made his final appearance on the 8th February 1999 episode of “Nitro”.
- Later Steve returned to professional wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s flagship pay-per-view, Bound For Glory, where he refereed the Monster’s Ball Match. This match was notable for McMichael’s extremely slow cadence for a three count.
Awards and Achievements
National Football League
- NFL Pro Bowler (1986, 1987)
- Member of 1985 World Champion Chicago Bears
- Member of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame
- Member of the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame (Inducted 2019)
World Championship Wrestling
- WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Worst Television Announcer (1996)
Who is Steve McMichael Wife?
Steve McMichael is a married guy. He tied a knot with his beautiful wife Misty Davenport on 24th March 2001 with whom he is blessed with daughter Macy Dale McMichael was born at 4:12 pm on 22nd January 2008. He was previously married to Debra Marshall in 1985 however they divorced on 12th October 1998. Steve and Misty have been happily married for over two decades. Furthermore, Steve is straight by sexual orientation.
How much is Steve McMichael Net Worth?
Steve McMichael has a net worth of $3 million as of 2021. He also earns a fine amount of salary which is around $1.2 million per year. He has gained a handsome amount of money from his profession as his major source of income is from his football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), former professional wrestler, commentator, and head coach career. He is sincere in his work. But, he is doing all the hard works in order to build a secure financial status for himself and his family.
What is the Height of Steve McMichael?
Steve McMichael stands at a tall height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) with a balanced bodyweight of 270 lb (122 kg). He has light brown hair and dark brown eyes color. Steve has an athletic body build. McMichael announced that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on 23rd April 2021. During the interview, he revealed that he uses a customized wheelchair to move around, which was provided to him by his former team Chicago Bears. His wife Misty McMichael assists him with eating, using the bathroom, and other basic daily activities. The couple has been happily married for over two decades.