Nov. 15, 2010
Mike Newell had a great academic and athletic career at Colorado State University. He began playing team sports in Littleton Colorado where he was raised. At Littleton High School, he was named All-State and All Conference in football and named the Team's MVP as a senior. Mike lettered three times in football, once in basketball and once in track. Being a fifth-generation Coloradoan, he stayed in Colorado to play college football. Mike graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape Horticulture and in 2007 earned a Master's degree in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mike started for the RAMS for three consecutive years at center, starting over 40 games during the most successful era in CSU's football history, including a 35-24 win against Missouri in the 1997 Holiday Bowl. That year CSU was ranked 17th in the Nation by USA Today. Former RAM football coach Sonny Lubick said: "Mike Newell is the finest football center I ever coached and is (in 1998) the best center in the Nation."
In 1998, Mike was First Team All Conference, voted the CSU Football Team MVP, and was a national Outland Trophy Award candidate. Former RAM Quarterback Moses Moreno hailed Mike as ..."a great leader out there ...and one of the hardest workers ...and when the other offensive linemen see that, it pushes them more to work to that level." After graduation, he went on to play five years in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers, the St. Louis Rams, and the Houston Texans.
Mike excelled off of the football field. While at CSU, Mike was named CSU's top male scholar athlete two times by receiving the Merrill-Green Award. He was a four-time Academic All-WAC selection. In 1997, ESPN featured Mike as one of the Nation's top scholar athletes and was nominated for Academic All-American honors. In 1998, Mike was named a national Scholar Athlete by Burger King International resulting in a $10,000 donation to the CSU general scholarship fund in his name. GTE also named Mike a First Team Academic All-American in 1998.
Mike married CSU alumna Kate (Flaherty) Newell and they now live in Firestone, Colorado with their two children. Since 2004, Mike has been teaching and coaching at Mead Middle School in Mead, Colorado. Mike gave back to CSU athletics by serving on the Varsity Athletes Club Board of Directors for the past three years.
Former RAM coach Lubick also said about Mike Newell: "Not only is he an outstanding football player, he is an excellent student and a very special individual. I cannot say enough good things about Mike Newell." No finer tribute can a RAM legend receive.