Long Road to Detroit for Furrey

In 2000 as an undrafted free agent, Mike Furrey spent the training camp with the Indianapolis Colts.  When that didn't work out, Furrey moved on to Vince McMahon's crazy version of football, the XFL where Furrey played in nine games for the Las Vegas Outlaws and was third on that team in receptions.  2002 brought Mike to the AFL New York Dragons where he excelled and led the team with 74 catches and 27 touchdowns.  2003 was a nice call up from the Arena League to the St. Louis Rams where he made his first NFL catch on September 21, 2003 against Seattle on the road.

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By 2005, Furrey had switched from WR to DB where he led the team in interceptions after he grabbed his first interception and raced 67 yards for his very first NFL touchdown.  As the starting safety, Mike racked up 41 tackles, 4 interceptions, 8 passes defended and recovered 2 fumbles as well.  Pretty impressive for a WR turned DB who wasn't even drafted.

After joining the Detroit Lions in 2006, Furrey was able to switch back to his original position of WR and moved into the starting spot opposite of Roy Williams. That year he went on to lead the NFC in catches with 98.  The sure-handed Furrey is the only active offensive player to score a touchdown after an interception.  This season, defenses have had to keep a better eye on him and have somehow managed to keep him out of the end zone so far.  However, with talent like Furrey's, it's only a matter of time before he changes that.

Number 87 has taken a long road from undrafted wide receiver to defensive back and now back to wide receiver, and is now flourishing in his role with the Lions’ offense.  Mike knows that the NFL is ever changing.  He has adapted well and stayed on his toes.  He makes a habit of intentionally getting to the stadium at the last minute to initiate a hurried state of mind.  He doesn’t want to be too laid back or relaxed, and he does whatever it takes to keep his mind focused on the game.  Growing up, Mike looked up to Jerry Rice and can now share in the knowledge that there are kids out there today who look up to him.


By T. Lloyd, 20Yardline.com
October 11, 2007