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58 Mike Flanagan - Biography


TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Green Bay Packers in third round (90th pick overall) of 1996 NFL Draft…Signed by Packers on July 17, 1996…Placed on injured reserve with leg injury on August 19, 1996…Placed on physically unable to perform list with ankle injury on August 19, 1997…Traded by Packers to Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick on August 31, 1998; trade later voided because Flanagan failed physical on September 1, 1998…Granted free agency on February 12, 1999…Re-signed by Packers on March 25, 1999…Placed on physically unable to perform list with knee injury from August 2-30, 2004…Placed on injured reserve with knee injury on October 2, 2004 …Signed by Houston Texans on March 24, 2006.

PRO: Seasoned veteran who has mentored a young offensive line…started 13 of 14 games played in 2007...spent the end of 2006 on injured reserve…led a line that drastically reduced sack total from 68 in 2005 to 40 in 2006…spent 10 seasons in Green Bay…has played in 121 games with 86 starts…has postseason experience with Green Bay, starting in five playoff games…started every game for the Packers from 2001 to 2003…Pro Bowler in 2003…holds a consecutive games played streak of 87 games, including postseason, before an injury snapped the streak in 2004.

2007: Played in 14 games, starting 13...was active but did not play against Kansas City (9/9) and at Carolina (9/16)...saw his first action of the season, filling in for the injured Steve McKinney, against Indianapolis (9/23)...started his first game of the season at Atlanta (9/30)...started and helped the Texans gain 352 total yards of offense against Miami (10/7)...started and helped the Texans net 390 total yards of offense at Jacksonville (10/14)...started against Tennessee (10/21)..started and anchored a line that helped the Texans gain 115 rushing yards at San Diego (10/28)...started and was part of an offensive line that cleared room for 178 team rushing yards and that did not allow a sack at Oakland (11/4)...started and helped the offensive line block for 103 team rushing yards and 287 passing yards against New Orleans (11/18)...started at Cleveland (11/25)...started and assisted the Texans in gaining 119 yards rushing at Tennessee (12/2)...started against Tampa Bay (12/9)...started and helped the Texans amass 158 yards rushing and not allow a sack against Denver (12/13)...started and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack at Indianapolis (12/23)..started and helped the Texans gain 170 yards rushing against Jacksonville (12/30).

2006: Started nine games before being placed on injured reserve with cracked ribs…started at center to open the season against Philadelphia (9/10)…started his 100th career game at center at Indianapolis (9/17)…inactive against Washington (9/24) and Miami (10/1)…rejoined the starting lineup at center at Dallas (10/15)…blocked for rookie RB Wali Lundy who finished the game with a career-high 93 rush yards on 19 carries against Jacksonville (10/22)…with the of the offensive line assisted Lundy rush for a career-high 116 yards on 18 carries at Tennessee (10/29)…started at center at the New York Giants (11/5)…started at center and blocked for former Green Bay teammate Samkon Gado, who rushed for 67 yards on 17 carries at Jacksonville (11/12)…started at center against Buffalo and once again led the line blocking for Gado, who rushed for a new season-high 69 yards on 10 carries (11/19)…started and played in his final game of the season where he suffered a rib injury at the New York Jets (11/26).

2005: Played in and started 14 games at center…inactive against New Orleans (10/9) and at Minnesota (10/23)…recovered a fumble on the first play of the game to preserve a scoring drive against Cleveland (9/18)…started despite missing most of practice leading up to the game due to a sports hernia at Carolina on Monday night (10/3) …aggravated the injury and missed the final three quarters…underwent corrective surgery on October 5 and missed the next two games…returned to the starting lineup at Cincinnati (10/30)…anchored an offensive line that helped the offense gain 351 total yards and blocked for the Packers’ first 100-yard rusher of the year, RB Samkon Gado, in a 33-25 victory at Atlanta (11/13) …provided a key block on Gado’s 33-yard TD run at taking Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter out of the play Philadelphia (11/27)…started and helped the offense produce 330 yards, including Gado’s Packers rookie-record 171 yards, in 16-13 overtime win over Detroit (12/11)…left the game after aggravating a hernia injury against Chicago on Christmas Day (12/25)…started after refusing to sit out the season finale against Seattle (1/1/06).

2004: Fought back from a knee injury suffered in preseason to begin the regular season as Green Bay’s starting center for the fourth straight year…started the first three games at center before being placed on injured reserve…was in the lineup for season opener at Carolina (9/13) on Monday Night Football and made his presence felt against a pair of Panthers Pro Bowlers…on Ahman Green’s third-quarter TD run, blocked LB Dan Morgan to the outside to give his running back space to cut back and cross the goal line…started six days later against Chicago (9/19), but missed parts of the Packers’ final two offensive series as a result of knee discomfort that stemmed from his preseason condition…returned to play at Indianapolis (9/26), anchoring an offensive line that allowed Favre to throw for 360 yards…finished the game in spite of incredible pain caused in part by the hard artificial surface of the RCA Dome…placed on injured reserve (10/2) and underwent left knee surgery five days later.

2003: Served as the Packers’ starting center for the third straight season…started all 16 games, plus both playoff contests…played every meaningful snap over the course of the year, sitting out just one play during the first 15 games before yielding to Grey Ruegamer for 14 snaps at the end of two blowout victories that closed the regular season…made his first-career Pro Bowl appearance when, as the first alternate, he replaced the Bears’ Olin Kreutz (ankle/knee), becoming the first Green Bay center named to the NFC squad since 1996…received the most fan votes by a center (143,655) in Pro Bowl balloting conducted on…helped Green Bay to single-season franchise records for yards rushing (2,558) and yards per carry (5.05), including 1,883 yards by Green to break Jim Taylor’s 41-year-old team rushing mark…played a key part in November stretch when Green Bay rushed for 190- or -more yards in four straight games…helped to neutralize the Buccaneers’ vaunted inside duo of Warren Sapp and Anthony McFarland as Green Bay snapped the Bucs’ NFL-record streak of 69 consecutive games with at least one sack in win at Tampa Bay (11/16).

2002: Played in all 16 regular-season games, making 13 starts – six at center and seven at left tackle, filling in for usual starter Chad Clifton…demonstrated his versatility by starting games at two different positions on the line in addition to reserve duty at a pair of other spots…also was the starter at left tackle for Green Bay’s playoff game with Atlanta (1/4/03)…saw limited playing time at both right guard and tight end at other points in the year when injuries necessitated it…did not have a holding penalty called on him for the second straight year…missed most of training camp after fracturing the thumb on his right (snapping) hand in practice…was able to return to the practice field – with a cast – the week of the regular-season opener against Atlanta…played on special teams and was available for backup duty at guard for the Packers’ first three contests…made his first start of the year at center, but was forced to move to right guard late in the third quarter, replacing G Marco Rivera in win over Carolina (9/29)… played the first quarter-and-a-half at left tackle, stymieing the Dolphins’ Jason Taylor before moving back inside to center for the rest of the contest Monday night against Miami (11/4)… helped Green Bay run for 181 yards in full-time return to left tackle on the heels of Clifton’s season-ending pelvis injury against Chicago (12/1).

2001: Entered training camp as the likely starter at center and held off the challenge of the incumbent, Frank Winters, during the preseason to win the starting job…started all 16 regular-season games, plus both playoff contests…did not incur a single holding penalty in his first season as the starter…played an integral role in the success of the Packers’ offensive line, which allowed the third-fewest sacks in the NFL (22) and the least by a Green Bay team in 27 years (17 in 1974)…was signed to a contract extension through the 2005 season on Nov. 2.

2000: Played in all 16 games for the initial time as a pro, starting twice…made first NFL start – and saw his most extensive playing time to that point – when he replaced the injured C Frank Winters (ankle) at Arizona (9/24)…also started for Winters the following week against Chicago (10/1)…was on the field for most of the fourth quarter of rematch after Winters left the game with a biceps injury at Chicago (12/3)…played two-and-a-half quarters at center when Winters was forced out due to injury vs. Philadelphia (9/17).

1999: Served as the backup center throughout the season…played in 15 games, mostly in a special teams capacity…dressed but did not play in the season opener against Oakland (9/12)…received late-game action at center in victories at San Diego (10/24) and at San Francisco (11/29).

1998: Saw his first playing time as a professional following two years on the sidelines…got into two regular-season games plus the team’s playoff loss at San Francisco…was the number three center behind veterans Winters and Jeff Dellenbach…made NFL debut as part of the field goal protection group against Chicago (12/13)…with the Packers down to only one healthy player at the position, briefly lined up as a second tight end against Tennessee (12/20)…inactive for 12 of the team’s first 13 games before suiting up for the final three contests following a season-ending leg injury to Winters.

1997: Sidelined for a second consecutive season when the muscle and nerve damage associated with his 1996 leg injury were slow to respond…initially went on reserve/physically unable to perform list during training camp (8/19), forcing him to miss at least the league-mandated first six games…recovered sufficiently to practice with the team before being placed on season-ending PUP list (11/11) following a determination by the club’s coaching and medical staffs that he needed continued rehabilitation.

1996: Spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a fracture to both bones in his lower right leg while blocking on the opening kickoff of the team’s second preseason game, against Pittsburgh (8/11)…underwent surgery the next day to place a stabilizing rod in the larger bone of his lower leg…placed on IR (8/19)…was the first of two third-round draft choices (90th overall and second center) by Green Bay in 1996.

COLLEGE: Was a three-year starter and letterman at UCLA from 1993-95…started 32 consecutive games, longest streak on the team, to close out his career…earned first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference honors as a junior and senior…also received third-team All-America recognition from Football News in 1995…was co-offensive winner of the school’s Kenneth S. Washington Award for outstanding senior, a season when he registered 79 knockdown blocks…played under Texans Assistant Head Coach/Offense Mike Sherman, who was the Bruins’ offensive line coach, in 1994…began the 1993 campaign as a backup, but started the final nine games after injuries to two players, including Jonathan Ogden, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens, created an opportunity…went on that year to be chosen as one of three offensive winners of the Captain Don Brown Memorial Trophy for most improved player…played in one game in 1992, but did not letter…was redshirted in 1991…earned a spot on the Director’s Academic Honor Roll three times…holds B.A. degree in history.

Career Statistics
Year Team G GS tckls solo ast fum rec
1998 GB 2 0
1999 GB 15 0
2000 GB 16 2
2001 GB 16 16
2002 GB 16 13
2003 GB 16 16
2004 GB 3 3
2005 GB 14 14
2006 HOU 9 9
2007 HOU 14 13 0 0 0 0
Totals 121 86

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Personal Info
Flanagan and his wife, Jen, have one daughter, Adeline…was an all-state, all-league, and all-city selection in football at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, Calif., where he played offensive and defensive tackle, lettering twice...also was a two-time letterman in basketball…enjoys reading, particularly spy and historical novels as well as mysteries…hobbies also include playing golf…has given time and financial assistance to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support, in Northern California…worked with the American Cancer Society of Green Bay, taping a public service announcement to promote breast cancer awareness in 1999…took part in the Lambeau Field Renovation Ride as a motorcyclist in May of 2000 and participated in the 2002 and 2003 Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game…prior to the 2002 NFL season, completed his coursework to earn his undergraduate degree in history…born Michael Christopher Flanagan in Washington, D.C.