Mike lived on 1800 block of 58th Court. He was of French Canadian descent. Mike graduated Morton in 1961. He was named Illinois All-State Football and the All-American Football team his senior year. Mike also was an outstanding wrestler and a shot putter on the track team while at Morton. Mike received a scholarship to play football at the University Wisconsin. Bad knees forced Mike to shorten his football career. Mike went on to a successful contraction career. Mike lit up any room with his magnetic personally. While in Champaign celebrating his All-State award, he met and partied with Dick Butkus, All-State Fullback from CVS, and formed a lifelong friendship.