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Mike Doss


Michael Allen Doss

Inducted 2022

Date of Birth



Canton, OH


Ohio State University (1999-2002)


One of just eight three-time All-Americans in Ohio State history, Mike Doss capped his remarkable career by leading the Buckeyes to a national championship. The Canton, Ohio, native is the school's 27th player in the College Football Hall of Fame. A First Team All-American during his last three seasons at Ohio State, Doss earned unanimous honors following his stellar senior campaign in 2002 in which he recorded a personal best 107 tackles. That season, the team captain and Thorpe Award finalist led the Buckeyes to a perfect 14-0 record, the Big Ten title, the No. 1 final ranking and the BCS National Championship following a victory over Miami (FL) in the Fiesta Bowl. Doss was named the Defensive MVP of that 31-24 double-overtime victory after recording nine tackles and a 35-yard interception return that led to Ohio State's first touchdown of the game. The 2002 season was the Buckeyes' first 14-0 season in school history and their first undefeated season since 1973. Doss was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He led Ohio State in tackles as a sophomore and junior and finished with the most tackles by a defensive back in school history (331). His 228 career solo tackles were the fifth most in Buckeye history. Doss played for College Football Hall of Fame Coaches John Cooper and Jim Tressel and is a 2011 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. Doss played six seasons in the NFL and was on the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI champions. He established the Michael A. Doss Foundation, which focuses on education and social welfare. He has also hosted "Make a Difference" youth camps. In 2019, Doss earned a master's in business operational excellence from Ohio State.


Height 5'10"

Weight 207

Career Highlights

  • 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2002 Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • 2002 First Team All-America
  • 2002 First Team All-Big Ten
  • 2002 Jack Tatum Award
  • 2001 First Team All-Big Ten
  • 2001 Frist Team All-America
  • 2000 First Team All-America
  • 2000 First Team All-Big Ten
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