Michael James Connelly
16 October, 1935 – 4 October, 2021
Michael James Connelly passed away Monday October 4th, 2021 at the age of 85. He was born in Monrovia, California on October 16th, 1935.
Mike attended Washington State and Utah State University. In between his sophomore and junior years, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and then went on to graduate with a degree in Economics in 1960. After college Mike was drafted by the L.A Rams and acquired by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 expansion draft. He played with the Cowboys from 1960 -1967, with his last game being the famous Ice Bowl. In 1968 he played his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring, where he later became president of the Dallas Chapter of the NFL Players Association. He then went on to work as a stockbroker and financial planner until 2012.
Mike was an avid runner and ran marathons around the world including all seven continents. He was passionate about coaching through the YMCA where he held an annual football camp, and was the assistant coach for the St. Marks and Greenhill High Schools. Mike also was fundamental in introducing girls to organized sports in the early 70’s.
Amidst all of his involvement in extracurriculars, he prioritized family. Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife ,Ann, his brother, Patrick, his children, Greg(Stephanie), Lynne(Suzy), and Kris(Jimmy), eight wonderful grandchildren, and the most loving caregiver, Regina.
eight wonderful grandchildren
Wednesday, 10 November , 2021
Michael James Connelly
15 October 2021
As we go through life, we meet individuals from time to time that not only inspire us but make us better people. I was fortunate to have had several years of overlap with “ Iron Mike” Michael Connelly. Mike was a fellow gym rat and runner, if he wasn’t walking into the gym at 6am, he was out running around White Rock with his sidekick “Bud”, and on many days he’d do both. Mike was one of the most positive people I’ve ever met, he truly believed with enough work, focus and determination you can do anything. Once you got to know him, he had great stories about playing for the Cowboys, the Ice Bowl, or traveling the world to do destination marathons, soft spoken but tough as nails and a heart of gold.
I will miss you Mike, but am fortunate and a better person to have known you.
8 October 2021
I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers go to the family. I remember growing up in the school years playing soccer with Lynn and her dad he was always cheering everyone on. The times that we had sleep overs Mr. Mike and Mrs Ann we’re always there and enjoyed enter acting with us and making breakfast. Mr Mike will be missed. Sending strength in 🙏 prayer! Kimber
Sue and Bill Goodale
7 October 2021
Mike was our wonderful brother-in-law and we shall forever treasure our memories with him. Mike was just one terrific guy...fabulous provider for his family and full of vim and vigor always. He truly loved his family...they were all a blessing to him. He was an inspiration, living a very healthy lifestyle.... running and biking were two of his favorite things to do.
We shall always remember his infectious laugh and that twinkle in his eye when he told funny stories.
Rest in peace, dear Mike...
6 October 2021
I grew up next door and thought Mike Connelly was the coolest guy ever. He was involved with his kids and the neighborhood kids, as well as our pets…as long as they were Labradors! He gave me my first nickname, and even though it was far from complimentary, I adored it when he called me “Muscles”. He used that name for me even when his memory started to weaken, and I loved it even more because he remembered it. He had an easy laugh and loved to poke fun … like acting scared when my mother came out to the front yard to get the newspaper in the morning. And when she started getting frail, he brought the paper to her door – and raked her leaves – and checked on her. He was famously kind and funny. He was disciplined in his health and in his faith. I thought the world of him and will miss him. Even though I hate thinking of this world without him, I rejoice that he’s with God and all who’ve gone on ahead. I’ll see him again and will tell him then how I thought he was the coolest guy ever.