March 6, 2007
Former Georgia Tech football standout Mike Mooney, a starter on the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 National Championship team, died Friday at his home in Westminster, Calif. He was 37.
Mooney started at offensive tackle for Tech in 1990 and 1991, helping the Jackets to back-to-back bowl games and the school’s first Atlantic Coast Conference title, as well as the National Championship in 1990 with an 11-0-1 record.
As a senior in 1991, he earned first-team all-ACC honors and was voted team captain for Tech’s Aloha Bowl squad.
Raised in Mt. Airy, Md., Mooney attended South Carroll High in Sykesville, Md. He was among the first players signed by head coach Bobby Ross when he arrived at Tech in 1987.
Mooney went on to play in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and the San Diego Chargers, where he was reunited with Ross.
Mooney, who earned his degree in 1994, was the owner and president of a collection agency based in Orange County, Calif.
Mike is survived by his wife Gina; two sons Thomas and Robert; daughter Charlette; and brother Craig. He is the son of Robert and Charlette Mooney.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Cypress, Calif. (Forest Lawn, 4471 Lincoln Avenue, Cypress, Calif., 90630)