Hash tag TBT (throw back Thursday) has become an internet phenomenon over the past few years and we here at KC Kingdom have started partaking in the popular tradition via the Kansas City Chiefs. Each week, we’ll throw you back to a different Chiefs player, coach, or event that deserves a trip down memory lane.
This week I decided to write about corner back, Mark McMillian, aka Mighty Mouse who played for the Chiefs briefly in the late 90’s. McMillian earned that nickname because of his 5’7″ height, but his exceptional vertical leap allowed him cover bigger receivers.
McMillian started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992, when they drafted him in the 10th round. He would stay in Philly for four seasons before joining the New Orleans Saints in 1996. Following that season, McMillian joined the Chiefs through free agency and legend of Mighty Mouse in Kansas City would begin.
In 1997, his first year in Kansas City, Mark intercepted 8 passes and lead the league in interception yards (274). He also took three of those to the house with some of the most electric speed you would see from anyone back then. He would only spend one more season in Kansas City, 1998, and it wasn’t quite as good as the first. He only intercepted three passes for 48 yards and no touchdowns.
As mentioned before, Mighty Mouse would never turn any heads with his size, but he made sure you knew who he was with his ability to cover bigger receivers.
I remember specifically the home opener of 1997 against the Buffalo Bills (who we still seem to play every damn year) and McMillian had been getting thrown at all game. Late in the fourth, the Chiefs came up with a clutch goal line stop that ended with Mighty Mouse intercepting the game clinching pass.
McMillian would move on to play with the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers, before calling it quits in 1999.
Currently, McMillian works for a juvenile detention center in Phoenix, Arizona where he helps young women stay off the streets. He’s an exceptional person that was an outstanding player as well. You can check out some of his highlights below with a video I embedded.
Wearing the memorable number of 29, Mark “Mighty Mouse” McMillian only spent two season’s with the Chiefs, but deserved this quick TBT mention from us at KC Kingdom.
He embodies so much of what we admire in NFL players in that, he over achieved as a smaller guy. Everyone loves the little guy which is also the reason fans have had a hard time letting Dexter McCluster go but, we move on.
So do you have any memories of “Mighty Mouse”? If so, please share! I love hearing from our readers when they have memories of these throwback players.
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