‘Uncle Mike’ Relishes Leadership Role Premium Story


By Shannon Koehle

Date: Apr 6, 2007

He may only be a sophomore, but at 23 years old he’s anything but your typical second- year player. When referring to Mike Nixon, his teammates have ditched the grandpa jokes for his newest nickname, Uncle Mike. The elder statesman of the Sun Devils is considered one of the team’s leaders as he assists his fellow linebackers these days in spring practice.

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