Mike Sinclair Biography

mick_fleetwoodClaim to Fame: NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles)
DOB: January 31, 1968
Diabetes Type: 2

A former defensive end for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Sinclair won the Pro-Bowl three times, in 1996, ‘97, and ’98, and led the NFL in sacks that same year. Sinclair was the winner of the World Bowl in NFL Europa in 2007 as defensive line coach for the Hamburg Sea Devils and named defensive line coach for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in 2008. He remains a prominent figure in the football world.

In May 1999, Sinclair received a devastating shock when team physicians determined during a routine physical exam that he suffered from type 2 diabetes. Sinclair, who normally weighs in at 275 lbs, had lost 30lbs and struggled with overwhelming fatigue prior to his diagnosis.  Upon learning of his condition, the athlete doubted his future in the NFL and began to lose faith in his ability. Unable to find the energy to endure a practice, losing both fat and muscle mass, and constantly having to use the bathroom, Sinclair felt that a diabetes diagnosis meant the end of his football career.

However, with his release from the Seattle Seahawks, Sinclair found the motivation he needed. He returned to his home in Houston and changed his entire diet. He exercised regularly to build muscle and endurance, learned how to maintain his blood sugar, and set out to learn how to live as a person with diabetes. In 2001, Sinclair returned to the NFL as defensive end after signing a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. In 2002, Sinclair signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, but retired from the NFL at the end of the season.

Determined to stay active, Sinclair has participated in football clubs and leagues beyond retirement. In 2007, Sinclair won the World Bowl as defensive line coach for the Hamburg Sea Devils and, in 2008, signed on as defensive line coach for Montreal Alouettes.

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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