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Curtis McMillan

2016 WSHF inductee



A 1989 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Curtis McMillan was a two-time All-Ohio football player who became an All-American at Miami University.


McMillan led the Rams in tackles his junior season with 154, earning him first-team defense All-Northern Ohio League, all-district and All-Ohio honorable mention. In his senior season, McMillan was the NOLís leading rusher with 953 yards on 200 carries and led the league in scoring with 62 points. He earned All-NOL honors on offense and defense, all-district defense and first-team All-Ohio. He racked up 380 tackles in his career, second all-time in school history. McMillan also played three years of basketball and one year of baseball and was inducted into the USHS Hall of Fame in 2003.


Upon graduation, McMillan accepted a scholarship at Miami, becoming one of the top linebackers in school history from 1989-1992. He was a first-team All-American by Gannett News, a third-team Associated Press All-American and a Dick Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior in 1992, finishing with 173 tackles, including 21 for loss and 13 sacks. He twice was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with school records that still stand in tackles (575) and solo tackles (297). He also had 17 sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.


McMillan led the nation in tackles in 1991 with 204, earning him AP All-America honorable mention while finishing nine tackles short of the MAC record set in 1973 by Kent Stateís Jack Lambert, who became a Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Pittsburgh Steelers. McMillan had 142 tackles as a sophomore and 56 as a freshman. He had a string of 26 straight games with 10 or more tackles and topped 20 tackles in a game six times in 1991 and 12 times in his career. He was the first-ever three-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week and was inducted into Miamiís Hall of Fame in 2001.


A project manager at Petro Environmental in Lodi, McMillan lives in rural Nevada with his wife Stacey, their children, Averi and Samuel, and a stepdaughter, Mallory.