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Mike Furrey to coach receivers at Marshall

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Among many other accomplishments, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson led the NFC in receptions in 2012, hauling in a league-best 122 passes.

Six seasons earlier, another Lion also paced the NFC in catches: Mike Furrey.

After retiring from the game, Furrey turned to coaching, first on the high-school level, then as the head coach of Kentucky Christian University. On Thursday, Furrey took another step forward in his coaching career, as Marshall University officially named him its wide receivers coach. (Many thanks to College Football Talk for alerting us to Furrey’s new gig.)

Furrey’s NFC-best 98 receptions for Detroit in 2006 came one season after he played safety for the Rams and didn’t record a single catch. Furrey would follow his memorable campaign with 61 receptions in 2007 for Detroit before playing less prominent roles for the Lions and Browns the next two seasons, the last of his NFL career. In 2009, he was a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Award for meritorious off-field work.

Concussion-related concerns raised by doctors ended Furrey’s playing career, and he is one of many former players who have filed suit against the league regarding concussions.

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8 Responses to “Mike Furrey to coach receivers at Marshall”
  1. sfm073 says: Mar 7, 2013 6:12 PM

    So he’s coaching the same sport that caused the concussions in his life?

  2. johnnycash19 says: Mar 7, 2013 6:13 PM

    Completely forgot about this guy and I was a huge fan of him.

    Good to see him moving up the coaching ranks.

  3. eatitfanboy says: Mar 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Umm…….How does someone who has shown measurable success in his post football life show damages in a lawsuit?

    Not being able to find your car keys as quickly as you could before doesn’t impact your possibility for future earnings, which is what civil litigation is supposed to be for.

    Civil court is not like criminal court. You don’t just have to prove the defendant did something wrong, you have to be able to prove it caused measurable damages.

  4. bechillin says: Mar 7, 2013 6:48 PM

    great fantasy steal for me that year

  5. 6thsense79 says: Mar 7, 2013 7:27 PM

    atitfanboy says: Mar 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Umm…….How does someone who has shown measurable success in his post football life show damages in a lawsuit?

    Not being able to find your car keys as quickly as you could before doesn’t impact your possibility for future earnings, which is what civil litigation is supposed to be for.

    Civil court is not like criminal court. You don’t just have to prove the defendant did something wrong, you have to be able to prove it caused measurable damages.

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    Furrey had to retire from the NFL early because of concussions. I would think the damage is measurable.

  6. vicnocal says: Mar 7, 2013 7:56 PM

    If Mike Martz got Jon Kitna and this bum to connect for 98 receptions in one year, then he can’t be as bad of a coordinator as people say.

  7. eatitfanboy says: Mar 7, 2013 8:01 PM

    6thsense79 says;

    Furrey had to retire from the NFL early because of concussions. I would think the damage is measurable.
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    Had to? You sure about that? He had one great year, which by the way would have been 5th best this season, and had declining production over the rest of his “career”. The Lions let him walk, and teams weren’t exactly falling all over themselves to acquire him.

    He was a physically limited system pony who got lucky. The fact that the “concussion related concerns” hyperlink on this article links to “mikefurrey.net” should tell you all you need to know.

  8. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 7, 2013 9:07 PM

    In 2005, while playing safety for the Rams, he was awarded the most bogus interception I’ve ever seen. It was a game against the Saints during the hurricane katrina year. He tackled tight end ernie conwell to the ground then ripped the ball out of his hands and ran it back for a score. Put them in front late and got them the win, totally bogus, don’t care about his career. Saints should have been 4-12!

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