Mike Cutshaw – Class of 1966

While at Stivers, Mike was an outstanding football player. He was named Captain of the 1966 squad and was named First Team-All City as a linebacker.

He also was named Second Team-All City as a hard-running half back. Stivers Hall of Fame coach Dick Landis was quoted in the Dayton Daily News, “At 5’5” and 155 pounds, Cutshaw is one of the Public League’s smallest backs.

But the three-year starter doesn’t let his size hamper him. He gets a lot of his yardage on power plays straight up the middle.

I guess he’s so little (Landis joked) the defense has trouble finding him.


But listen, he’s as solid a kid as you’ll ever see. He doesn’t lift weights. He’s just built that way ….” Sharing carries with other Hall of Famers, brothers Bill and Steve Frederick, he was a potent offensive threat.

In a 1965 game against Meadowdale, he scored two touchdowns and rushed for 168 yards. After his days at Stivers, he moved to Los Angeles, California where he got a degree in Electronic Communications.

He became an overhead lineman for the Con-Edison utility company. He received several awards for his accomplishments and dedicated service.

Mike enjoyed traveling throughout his life, especially after retirement.

He passed away in July of 2009 and is greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

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