Mike Bass NFL Career Highlights



Height : 6'0 
Playing Weight : 197 pounds
Position : Cornerback
Born: March 31, 1945, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Honors : Associated Press: 1st Team All-NFC (1974)
Sporting News: 1st Team All-NFC (1974)
United Press International: 1st Team All-NFC (1974)
Associated Press: 2nd Team All-NFL (1974)
Education : University of Michigan, 1963-1967, B.A. Education, Major: Psychology
Bowls : 1965 Rose Bowl, 1967 College All Star, 1972 Super Bowl
Notables : Father, Thomas J. Bass, was a MD and ran track at Lincoln University, PA. Mother, Louise L. Bass, taught school for 30 years and was a graduate of Hampton Institute in Hampton, VA.

Pro Career: Was Packer's 12th round pick in 1967 draft. Sold to Detroit the same year. Was activated from Lion cab squad and used on special teams final 2 games of '67 season. On Detroit cab squad in 1968. Signed with Redskins and Coach Vince Lombardi in 1969. Became first team right cornerback in training camp and remained a starter until retirement in 1976. In 1971, Bass led the team in interceptions with 8, second best in the NFC and tied for 3rd in the NFL.

In 1972, Bass returned a blocked field goal 32 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Cardinals on a Jim Bakken field goal attempt. Bass also scored the first Redskin touchdown in a Super Bowl when he recovered a fumble by Miami Dolphin kicker, Garo Yepremian, in Super Bowl VII and returned it for a 49-yard touchdown. In 1973, Bass had 5 interceptions, which tied him for 3rd most in the NFC. In 1974, Bass had one of his best seasons, returning an interception for a touchdown against the Giants and being named to the All NFC 1st team by the Associated Press, UPI, and Sporting News and named to the All-NFL 2nd team by the Associated Press.

Mike Bass retired from the Redskins during the 1976 training camp, having been the starting right corner back since 1969 when Vince Lombardi inserted him in the line-up. During his career, he played 104 consecutive games, gave up only 8 touchdown passes, scored 6 touchdowns (4 by interceptions), and was considered one of the smartest cornerbacks in the NFL. Apparently, Vince Lombardi saw something in Mike Bass that the Detroit Lions just couldn't see.