15 Mike Tomczak

Mike Tomczak Ohio State
usaUnited States
Calumet City, IL
High School
Thornton Fractional North
Past Teams
Ohio State
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984

Post-OSU Update: Mike Tomczak went undrafted in 1985, but caught on as a free agent with the Chicago Bears. He won a Super Bowl in a backup role with the Bears in 1985 and became a part-time starter with the Bears in 1986 and remained so until 1990. After playing a season each with the Packers and Browns, Tomczak played seven seasons with the Steelers, mostly as a backup. In his 15-year career, Tomczak had a 42-31 record as a starter and threw for over 16,000 yards (88 TD, 106 Int.). After football, Tomczak has worked in coaching, broadcasting, and as a sports agent. (updated: Mar. 2024)

Major: Communications (1981-84)

Weight: 192 (1984), 190 (1983), 192 (1981-82)

1984 Media Guide: One of the top quarterbacks in college football … the second-leading passer in Ohio State history with 231 completions in 431 attempts for 3,617 yards and 22 touchdowns … has rushed for nine Buckeye touchdowns … a two-year starter for Ohio State … broke two bones in his leg in the second quarter of the final spring game after being nine for nine in passing … a leader and a winner both on and off the field.

1982: The Big Ten’s most efficient passer in 1982 … Started 11 games, missing only the Wisconsin game … finished brilliantly by completing 76 of 132 passes for 1,309 yards and seven touchdowns in the final seven games, all wins … had only three interceptions in his final 132 passes … was a dangerous runner, scoring five touchdowns on the ground … completed over 50 percent of his passes in each of the final six games.

1982 Media Guide: A good bet to start this year … named “Top Offensive Player” in the 1982 Spring Game, when he completed 13 of 16 passes for 203 yards.

1981: Played third team … completed four of seven passes for 73 yards, including a 34-yard scoring toss … used as a holder for extra points and field goals.

High School: In three years of high school, he passed for 46 touchdowns and ran for 36, both school records … as a senior, Tomczak passed for 2,231 yards and ran for 452 … won all-Illinois honors at Thornton Fractional North High, where he was coached by his father … averaged 42.5 yards per punt as a senior … never missed a practice or game in three years … his team lost three games in three years … completed a remarkable 403 career passes for 6,432 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career … won nine high school letters and captained the football, basketball and track teams.

Personal: Hobbies are working with children and music … from a family of six.


SeasonTeamGGSCompPass AttCmp %Pass YdsPass TDPass IntRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostFR
1981Ohio State1204757,173112157.50NA0NANA0
1982Ohio State12119618751.31602811681822.65270NANA4
1983Ohio State121113123755.319421313692503.64280742
1984Ohio State111014524459.41952101144-1-0.011911137