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Michael Bates HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 08, 2013
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Michael Bates

Michael Bates HOF
     He spent time at running back and wide receiver in the Arizona football program, but was best known for his kickoff returns. In 1990, he was among the most electrifying all-purpose players in the Pac-10, earning honorable mention honors. His 97-yard return for a touchdown against Washington State in 1990 was, at the time of his induction, the fourth-longest in UA history. He had 14 returns for a 24.1 yard average as a freshman, and 31 returns for a 23.5 yard average in his final year. Throughout his career he had 45 kickoff returns for a 23.7 yards per return average. In addition to his success on the football field, he was also highly successful on the Arizona track. He won the 100m and 200m titles at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in both 1990 and 1991. He also turned in All-American performances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1990 and 1991. At an international competition during the summer of 1991, he set the school record in the 100m, a record that was still standing at the time of his induction. In the summer of 1992, he raced to an Olympic bronze medal in the 200m with a time of 20.37 seconds.
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