If they gave him the ball he would run with it. If they threw him the ball he would catch it. If he were asked to block or even make a play on special teams, Mike Hull would do it. He was a team player and a good soldier who didn’t need any more motivation to succeed in football than the chance to get on the field and show what he could do.
At Crescenta Valley High, Glendale College, USC and for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins in the NFL, Mike Hull left his mark and a list of accomplishments everywhere he played.
That list includes playing in two Rose Bowls and winning a National Championship at USC and being a first-round draft choice for the Chicago Bears in 1968. In 1973, Hull played in Super Bowl VII for the Washington Redskins and retired from football after the 1974 season.
Fast enough to earn the nickname “Bambi” for the graceful ease that he ran but rugged enough to block bigger and stronger defensive players as a fullback, Hull counts blocking for two Heisman Trophy winners at USC, Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson and NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, as one of the highlights of his football career.
But years before he played on the biggest stage of the world at the Super Bowl in the Los Angeles Coliseum, Hull made his mark locally at CV and later at Glendale College, although he had less than an auspicious start at both schools. He recalled being cut from the football team as a ninth-grader and being close to tears on the sidelines in a 1963 Glendale College game before Head Coach Don Bennett put him in against Pasadena. Moments later he scored on a 60-yard run against the Lancers and earned all-Western State Conference honors that year.
Recalling his one season at Glendale College several years ago, Hull said playing for the Vaqueros instead of accepting an offer to play at Oregon out of high school was one of the best decisions he could have made. “Playing at Glendale College offered me the opportunity to mature as a football player. I also learned how to block there and as is turned out, that was the skill that provided me longevity as a football player.”
In a career that included playing for two of the greatest coaches in football history, John McKay at USC and George Halas of the Chicago Bears and playing for George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang” in the early 1970’s where he started and played in 86 consecutive games during his seven years in pro football, Hull has always had a soft spot in his heart for La Crescenta and Glendale College.
He comes back to the area often despite the challenges of his work as a vice-president and general counsel for Coldwell Banker and leading a team that handles all the transactional matters for over 5000 clients in Southern California.