Mike Furrey is in his second season as Chicago’s wide receivers coach after being hired by the team on January 12, 2018. Furrey, who played eight seasons in the National Football League, came to the Bears after serving two seasons as the head football coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.
Last season Furrey led a revamped wide receiver group that included newcomers Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel and rookie Anthony Miller. Robinson led the team with 754 receiving yards and 13.7 yards per catch, while Gabriel led all wideouts with 67 catches for 688 yards. Miller, meanwhile, led the team and finished second among NFL rookie wide receivers with seven touchdowns, finishing with 33 catches for 423 yards.
Furrey joined the Limestone Saints after spending two seasons as the head football coach at Kentucky Christian University, followed by three years on “Doc” Holliday’s staff at Marshall University. Prior to his time in the coaching ranks, he played eight seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. In 2006, Furrey ranked second in the NFL in receptions (98) with the Detroit Lions while recording 1,086 yards and six touchdowns, earning him Lions’ co-offensive player of the year honors.
Furrey took over a Limestone program still in its infancy and guided the Blue and Gold to its best season in the short three-year history of the team. The Saints, who had combined for just four wins over the first two years of competition, finished with a 5-6 overall record during the 2016 campaign before going 4-6 in 2017.
During his tenure with the Thundering Herd, Furrey helped guide the program to three straight bowl wins and the 2014 Conference USA Championship. Marshall led Conference USA in scoring offense while ranking in the top 5 nationally in total offense during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
Following a successful NFL playing career, Furrey was named the head coach at Kentucky Christian in January 2011. He turned the program around as the team went from 0-11 in 2010 to 7-4 and a national Top-25 ranking in 2012.
Twice nominated for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award with the Lions, Furrey was a finalist for the prestigious award during the 2009 season as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Furrey won the 2009 JB Award, an accolade given to those who specialize in community service by CBS studio host James Brown, and then was selected as the 2009 NFL Ed Block Courage Award recipient.
After signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2000, Furrey spent one season with the Las Vegas Outlaws in the XFL before playing two years with the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League. He would then sign with the St. Louis Rams in 2003, playing in 13 games during his rookie year. He helped guide the Rams to the NFC Divisional Round as a safety a year later.
Furrey was inducted into the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2017. He was a three-time All-American for the Panther football team from 1997-1999. Furrey caught 242 passes (third in MVFC history) for 3,544 yards (fourth in MVFC history). He spent his freshman season at The Ohio State University in 1996.
In 2007, he founded the Mike Furrey Foundation and has since raised more than $500,000 to help improve the lives of those who are hurting, hungry, hopeful and/or homeless. He also serves as the board president for Basket of Hope with former NFL coach Tony Dungy as the organization’s spokesperson.