With training camps getting set to open for NFL teams in the next week, let’s highlight a local product who spent a few years in the NFL, Mike Maslowski.
Maslowski was born in Thorp, Wisconsin and after earning all-sate honors as a senior, took his football talents to UW-La Crosse where he also earned All-America honors as a senior. He was aslo a part of the 1995 National Championship team with UW-La Crosse.
After going undrafted, he signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1997. In 1998 he went on to play for the San Jose Sabercats in the Arena Football League before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999. He played in NFL Europe that season for the Barcelona Dragons where he broke the single season record for tackles with 105. After the NFL Europe season, he joined back up with the Chiefs and became an instant contributor on Special Teams. In the 2002 season, he recorded 162 combined tackles which is still the most in Chiefs history. Plagued by recurring knee injuries, his career was cut short in 2004.
He attempted a couple of comebacks, including a tryout with the Green Bay Packers in 2005, but it never worked out. Even though his career may not of lasted as long as he would of liked, Mike Maslowski worked his way up and made a big impact for the Kansas City Chiefs during his playing days.