Former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer dead at 58

Toronto Sun
Former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer dead at 58
Former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer dead at 58

DETROIT — Mike Cofer, a Pro Bowl linebacker who played a decade with the Detroit Lions and is second on the team's career list in sacks, has died. He was 58. The Lions said Cofer died Thursday. Cofer's son Phil plays basketball for Florida State. The school said he found out about his father's death after the Seminoles' victory over Vermont in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Chuck Walsh, a Florida State spokesman, said Mike Cofer had been dealing with a long illness. Cofer played 123 games with the Lions from 1983-92. He's the only linebacker in team history to reach eight sacks in a season. He did it four times. “Mike was the definition of the perfect football player,” former Lions quarterback

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