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Mike Sellers

Sellers at the Redskins 2005 training camp.
No. 45     Washington Redskins
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: July 21, 1975 (1975-07-21) (age 34)
Place of birth: Frankfurt, Germany
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 284 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College: Walla Walla CC
Debuted in 1998 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     85
Receiving yards     680
Receiving TDs     16
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Sellers (born July 21, 1975 in Frankfurt, Germany) is an American football player in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He was the youngest import player to sign a CFL deal in the history of the football league when he played at 19 years old for the Edmonton Eskimos.[1]

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High school years

Sellers attended North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball and track. As a senior, he was named the Washington Prep Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.

Junior College career

Sellers attended Walla Walla Community College and earned J.U.C.O. All-America honors as a linebacker.

Professional career

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Canadian Football League

Sellers attained some stardom in the Canadian Football League, where he moved to fullback and appeared for the Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With the Blue Bombers, he was the power half of what was then the league's most dangerous rushing duo, "Thunder and Lightning", with fleet-footed running back Charles Roberts.

National Football League

Sellers has been instrumental in the success of two thousand-yard running backs for the Washington Redskins, Ladell Betts and Clinton Portis. "The Tank" is often used in short yardage and red zone situations because his tremendous size makes him difficult to bring down. In his tenth season, Sellers was elected to play in the 2009 Pro Bowl, his first, starting at fullback for the National Football Conference.

Sellers was involved in controversy after a 2009 exhibition game against the New England Patriots. As part of the pregame ceremonies, the last Washington Redskin player announced comes on to the field holding the American flag. This task fell to Sellers who took the flag to midfield before throwing it on the ground. This upset fans in attendance and caused Sellers to issue an apology the next day. He said it was a heat of the moment thing and not meant to be a sign of disrespect.[2]

Honors

In a 1999 article in The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), Sellers was listed as one of the 100 greatest athletes in Washington state history.

In a February, 2005 article in The Seattle Times, Sellers was named as one of the 25 greatest running backs in state history.[3]

Personal

Sellers has one child, Kailyn.

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