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Michael Sommer
Michael  Sommer

Football (Inducted 1976)



Michael Sommer ('58) played halfback for the Colonials football team. As a freshman, he scored GW's only touchdown against Maryland. As a sophomore, he led the nation in punt returns, making the All-Southern team and running 451 yards for second honors. He led the nation in punt returns in 1954 and was the chief architect in putting together an 8-1-1 season that helped GW win a bid for the 1957 Sun Bowl, where GW beat Texas Western 13-0. Sommer was selected for the All-Southern Conference team in 1955, '56, and '57. In 1958, he played with the College All-Stars at Chicago's Soldiers Field, where the team played the Detroit Lions.

Sommer was a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve from 1950-'52. In 1958, he was first draft choice of the Washington Redskins where he played for three years before joining the Baltimore Colts from 1959-`61, and he was a halfback on the world champion Colts team in 1959. He spent one year with the Oakland Raiders before attending GW medical school from 1966-'70 to ultimately became a urologist.

He is son of the late Stanley Sommer ('32), also a GW Athletic Hall of Fame member. Mike attended Wilson High School, where he also gained recognition playing football. Sommer is married and has three children: Sandy, John and Laura.

He is now a retired physician.