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Mike Ruth

Middle Guard

Michael Joseph Ruth

Inducted 2017

Date of Birth



Norristown, PA


Boston College (1982-1985)


The recipient of the 1985 Outland Trophy as the most outstanding interior lineman in the nation, Mike Ruth terrorized offensive lines with his combination of strength and quickness. A consensus First Team All-America as a senior, Ruth led the Eagles to three bowl games, including a win in the 1985 Cotton Bowl against Houston. Boston College would finish the 1984 season ranked No. 5 nationally. A three-time All-East and All-ECAC selection, he led the Eagles to back-to-back Lambert Trophies as the best FBS team in the East in 1983 and 1984. A team captain as a senior, Ruth amassed 344 career tackles, 29 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his remarkable career. In 1986, he received Boston College’s highest athletic honor when he was named Eagle of the Year. A teammate of College Football Hall of Famer Doug Flutie, Ruth is a member of Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame and his No. 68 jersey was retired by the program. Ruth was drafted in the in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and spent two seasons with the franchise. He also spent two seasons with the Barcelona Dragons in the World League of American Football. After his football career, Ruth worked in insurance for more than a decade and earned a master’s in education from Harvard University.


Height 6'2"

Weight 250

Career Highlights

  • 1985 Consensus All-America
  • 1985 Outland Trophy Winner
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