Meet Mike Westhoff – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

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Mike Westhoff HeadshotMike Westhoff is in his third season as a part of the Jets radio broadcast team for ESPN New York 98.7FM. He joined the program in 2013, after a 38-year coaching career. He spent his final 12 seasons as the Jets special teams coordinator, retiring following the 2012 campaign. With the Jets, Westhoff’s units consistently ranked at the top of the NFL in overall special teams rankings. The Jets’ 15 kickoff return touchdowns from 2001-10 ranked as the top mark in the league over that span. His Jets units set an NFL record by registering at least one kickoff return for a touchdown in 11 consecutive seasons (2002-12).

Westhoff’s coaching career began in the college ranks at Indiana and took him to Dayton, Indiana State, Northwestern and TCU before he joined the NFL in 1982, serving as the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts offensive line, tight ends, and special teams coach from 1982-84. After coaching in the USFL as the Arizona Outlaws offensive line coach in 1985, he reentered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, serving as a special teams coach from 1986-2000. Under Westhoff the Dolphins special teams were the NFL’s top-ranked punt and kickoff coverage units from 1996-99.

As a coach in Miami, Westhoff was awarded the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award in 1989 by the Dolphins’ players after staying on the sidelines full time while he received treatment for bone cancer. Westhoff was also voted the NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year by his peers in 2000 with the Dolphins. He has a son, John, who played football at the University of Pennsylvania. John and his wife, Elise, have two sons, Tom and Sam. Westhoff currently resides in Florida.

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