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|Date of birth:||March 24, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Canton, Ohio|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||207 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||Canton (OH) McKinley|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58|
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Michael Allen Doss (born March 24, 1981) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for The Ohio State University, earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a national championship team. The Indianapolis Colts chose him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI team in its win over the Chicago Bears.
Doss was born in Canton, Ohio. He attended Canton McKinley High School, and played high school football for the McKinley Bulldogs. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back state football championships, as well as a USA Today national championship, as a running back, linebacker, and safety. As a senior, he had 1,454 yards rushing, 22 touchdowns, 111 tackles, and three interceptions and won all-state honors and an All-America honorable mention by USA Today.
Doss attended an Ohio State University, where he played for the an Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1999 to 2002. He started 40 out of 50 career games and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a three-time first-team All-America choice by the Sporting News. He had 331 career tackles, eight interceptions, eight fumbles recovered, and six quarterback sacks. With Doss starting all 14 games as a senior, an Ohio State University won the BCS National Championship by defeating the Miami Hurricanes 31–24 in the Fiesta Bowl, with Doss intercepting a Ken Dorsey pass to give an Ohio State University the lead. As a senior, he also was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a unanimous first-team All-American.
Doss was inducted into the Ohio State University Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
In 2003, the Indianapolis Colts drafted Doss in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In that season, he started 15 games at strong safety, amassing 101 tackles and three interceptions. Doss was released by the Colts after the 2006 season.
On April 4, 2007 Doss was signed to a one-year contract by the Minnesota Vikings. He played in eight games.
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In 2005, Mike Doss founded The Michael A. Doss Foundation (Make A Difference campaign). MDF was founded to assist in the advancement of education, relief of the underprivileged and underserved youth and the promotion of social welfare by lessening neighborhood tensions, eliminating prejudice and discrimination, and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency. More information is available at www.MADifference.org.
In 2010 Doss was named the winner of the Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Doss and the Mike Doss Foundation have been responsible for the Make A Difference Youth Football Camp at Fawcett Stadium. Approximately 200 children, ages 8–12, have participated annually. Doss also is responsible for the Back to School Block Party for Canton City Schools students. By partnering with local companies and organizations, Doss’ organization has distributed goods with a total value of $20,000. Doss also continues to provide gifts to local children during the holiday season and serves as a motivational speaker for students in Canton City Schools as requested.
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