Mike Dennis

Mike Dennis 2Born: July 27, 1944
Hometown: Philadelphia, MS
Year of Induction: 2015


Murrah High School,  1959-1962


  •  All American, All Southern, All State running back, 1962
  • Most Valuable Back, Big Eight Conference, 1962
  • Gained 104 yards on 13 carries to win Bill Stewart Award in 1962 All-Star Game.
  • Big Eight scoring title, 1962, with 85 points.

Track and field

  • Set state record in 880 relay and Big Eight records in 880 and mile relays.

Ole Miss, 1962-65

  • All SEC running back in 1964 and 1965.
  • Ole Miss MVP in 1965, leading team in rushing, receiving and scoring.
  • First team All-SEC and All American All Academic, 1964-65.
  • Helped Ole Miss to three bowl games and 19-10-3 record.
  • Set Ole Miss running back record with 65 career receptions.

 Pro football

  • Drafted in first round (eighth overall) by the Buffalo Bills.
  • Drafted in third round, 33rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Los Angeles Rams Rookie of the Year, 1967.

Did you know?

  • He was nicknamed Iron Mike Dennis because of his bruising running style.
  • He led all rushers in the 1964 Sugar Bowl as a sophomore.