Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Sports: Football (1960-63), Tracy & Field (1960-62)
Coach: Jack Boone (1960, '61), Clarence Stasavich (1962, 63)
Tom Michel, a Pirate letterman in football from 1960-63, is considered one of
the greatest backs to play the game at East Carolina. He is credited with being the first
player to score a touchdown in Ficklen Stadium.
A four-year fullback under Jack Boone and Clarence Stasavich, Michel averaged 5.7
yards per carry at East Carolina and was the first fullback to play in the National
Football League, serving four clubs from 1964-68.
In 1963, Michel led the team in rushing, scoring and total offense which earned him
all-state honors and a nomination for the Little All-America team. During the 1963
season, he helped East Carolina to a 27-6 win over Northeastern in the Eastern
Bowl in Allentown, Pa., where he earned outstanding back honors
Michel was also a member of the track and field team from 1960-62. In 1962, he
won five medals at the NAIA championships.