Interview: Army great Mike Mayweather

Former Army star running back Mike Mayweather is still making moves long after his playing days are over. He's a successful businessman in his native St. Louis. Mayweather, 37, runs his own company that specializes in real estate financial advising. Not bad for a guy who grew up poor in one of the roughest neighborhoods in St. Louis.

"We had nothing," says Mayweather, without sounding the least bit bitter. "It was dirt poverty."

Mayweather's journey from St. Louis to success at West Point is one of the greatest stories ever to be told at Michie Stadium. He ended his career (1987-90) as Army's all-time leading rusher (4,299 yards).

It's a record that may stand for decades to come. Mayweather talked to ArmySports.com this week about, among other things, his rushing record and, of course, Army football:

ArmySports.com: What do you remember most about your playing days at Army?
Mike Mayweather: The crowd on Saturday. I remember the preparation and when we left the hotel on Saturday's and all the pre-game rituals. Once you we're in the game you were so focused. It's the only time you saw what was going on around you. It was a great getaway.

AS: Most memorable Army touchdown?
MM: I could tell you the most memorable close to no touchdown. When I was freshman, we were losing to Navy 14-10 in the fourth quarter, but driving. There's an old wives tale at West Point that if a plebe scores the game-winning touchdown against Navy, we don't have to fall out the rest of the year. I ran the ball right to the 2-yard line, I was almost in the end zone. I don't know if (coach) Jim Young knew about the old tale, but he let Andy Peterson score the game-winning touchdown).

AS: As a freshman, did you think you could accomplish as much as you did for the Black Knights?
MM: I can honestly say I didn't. The recruiting thing was hard on me. I learned later that people at West Point didn't think I would accomplish what I did. They almost didn't want me to come. But it was great that it worked out like it did.

AS: How does it feel all these years later to be able to still call yourself Army's all-time leading rusher?
MM: (Laughs) It keeps me even more interested in Army football. I've taken some cracks about what the program has gone through over the past years. But I'm still interested in the different players. More than anything, that brings me closer to my success.

AS: Were you ever worried that Carlton Jones was going to break your all-time rushing record?
MM: I actually was quietly rooting him. It gave the program more attention. I rooted for him and the team. It brought me back to my experiences with 'Doc' Blanchard and Glenn Davis. I did a Good Morning America piece with Glenn Davis and we were able to talk and visit. Just relate to each other.

AS: Who were your favorite running backs growing up?
MM: Walter Payton. I love his style, he never gave up. I had success because of the same simple fact. I never had blazing speed, but I gave 110 percent. It was tough to bring me down. I also liked Tony Dorsett because I was a big Dallas Cowboys fan.

AS: Once last thing. We can't let you go without asking your prediction for Army's record this fall?
MM: I'm on the hot seat. My heart's telling me 7-5. I'd like to see 8-4, but 6-6 would be a successful season. It would be tremendous.


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