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  Mike Metzger  Class of 1966

Mike Metzger
Class of 1966

Week 9
Mike
Metzger

1962-1966
Fullback

Where are living now?
Reynoldsburg Ohio.

Did you play collegiately?
I was recruited and played at The University of Toledo under Coach Walker.

What are you doing now?
I have spent over 45 years in the Real Estate Industry as a  Custom Home Builder, Realtor, Developer, Home Inspector,  Consultant and provided other real estate related services in helping people make "good business decisions" has been a "blessing" and keeps me from wanting to retire.  

Are you married?  Kids?
Married to Mary Louise (Penn) Metzger and have seven wonderful children and seventeen grand children.

What is the fondest memories from your playing career at DeSales?
Attending and playing Football at DeSales was probably the single most important "life-molding" event that set the tone of how I would live my life.  Coach Forest "Treeze" favorite saying was "once you start to win... it's hard to lose" and how true that was.  My fondest memory was beating our neighborhood rival Brookhaven HS the year they were City League Champs with two All-State players.  How sweet it was !!!

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What was your best game?
Playing against Watterson was always your best game.  Grinding out yardage against Watterson was the "yardstick of success" during the 1960's. DeSales or Watterson always ranked in the top 5 in the State... and set the standard for the next season.

What made playing for DeSales special?
The special bond that everyone had. We were a close tight family. The coaches cared for you. What hard work meant. Knowing that all the past alumni were always watching you and making sure that you represented the PURPLE and WHITE the way you were supposed to. seeing all the students and families wearing the purple and white. 

What was it like playing for Coach Sharrock?
Playing "fullback" for Coach Sharrock was a dream come true.  The plays were relatively simple... get four yards or block and knock somebody down.  He had a way of letting you know that you were the best.  In the three years I played for "Treeze"... we got the job done.  My senior year, he told me the team statistician said I had one record that would never be broken - that was I never lost a yard in all my carries.  That's what Coach Sharrock instilled in his players...head always facing downfield...how sweet it was!!!

Do you still follow DeSales, if yes, how closely?
Of course... try to get home games.  Take my grandkids and have enjoyed the great teams over the years.  The kids are bigger... and still "bleed purple"... how sweet it still is !!!

  1964 All-Central Catholic League  Pictured (L - R):  Mike Metzger, Carl Linke, Ken Schneider, John Hassey, Nick Early, Mike DeAscentis, Lynn Van DeWalle

1964 All-Central Catholic League
Pictured (L - R):  Mike Metzger, Carl Linke, Ken Schneider, John Hassey, Nick Early, Mike DeAscentis, Lynn Van DeWalle