Mickey Shuler was an outstanding athlete while attending East Pennsboro, earning Varsity letters in Football, Basketball and Track before graduating in 1974. During his senior year at EP, he made 67 catches for 1,040 yards, earning him First Team All-State honors and a spot on the Big 33 Football Team. As a high school basketball player, Mickey scored 996 points, made over 1,000 rebounds, led his team to the conference championship, and was scouted by legendary college coaches Dean Smith and Bobby Knight. On the track team, Mickey dominated the field in the high jump as a Conference and District champion, earning 4th place in the state with a 6’6” jump. He went on to play football as a tight end for the Penn State Nittany Lions, helping to lead the team to an 11-1 season and the Eastern Championship. The coaching staff named him the 1976 Red Worrell Award winner for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement. The year he graduated from Penn State, he was the first player drafted by the NFL and went in the third round to the New York Jets.
As an NFL player for the Jets and the Philadelphia Eagle from 1978 to 1991, Mickey made 462 Career receptions for 5,100 yards and 37 touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per reception. He is tied for 3rd in receptions for the Jets, and is first in receptions and yards as a tight end. From 1984 to 1989, Mickey had 355 receptions, more than any other tight end, surpassed only by Roger Craig, Art Monk, and Steve Largent. He made seven play-off appearances and was voted to the AFC Pro-Bowl in 1986 and 1988. In 1990, Mickey was selected for the New York Jets All-Time All-Star Team at Tight End and in 2003 he was selected for the Jets Four Decades Team. He was honored with induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mickey has always demonstrated his willingness to serve his hometown, as well as the greater community, by being an outstanding role model for our youth. His leadership includes service on the New York Governor’s Council on Drugs and Alcohol, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, American Heart Association, the United Way, and the Salvation Army. He has been a volunteer coach for the Varsity Football program at EP as well as other youth sports leagues in our community. Through his financial support and organizing efforts, many improvements have been made to the high school football stadium and the weight training room, benefitting all of our panther student athletes. Mickey is a successful businessman, is married to his longtime love, Sue, has four grown children, and is an avid fan of Penn State where his son Mickey Jr. plays football for the Nittany Lions.