|Position:||Tight ends coach|
|Date of birth:||March 14, 1942|
|Place of birth:||Monroe, North Carolina|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael L. "Mike" Pope (born March 14, 1942) is the current tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He is best known as the tight ends coach for the New York Giants, serving on all four of their Super Bowl Championship teams.
Pope attended Lenoir-Rhyne College in Lenoir, North Carolina, where he won a national championship as the college's starting quarterback.
New York Giants (1983-1991)
Pope coached for the New York Giants for 23 years, the longest of any coach in franchise history. Pope's coaching skills have been attributed as a reason for the success of Giants' tight ends Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard.
Cincinnati Bengals (1992-1993)
Tight Ends Coach (1992)
Pope was hired by the Bengals prior to the 1992 season and spent one year as the tight ends coach.
Offensive Coordinator (1993)
Pope was promoted to offensive coordinator on January 8, 1993. The 1993 Bengals finished with a 3-13 record, including losing all eight road games and starting the season 0-10. The team finished with the 28th (last) ranked offense in the league. Following the season he was hired by the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots (1994-1996)
Pope was hired prior to the 1994 season to serve as running backs coach for the Patriots. After one season, he was moved to tight ends coach, where he served for the next two years.
Washington Redskins (1997-1999)
Second Stint with the Giants (2000-2013)
Pope was hired by the Giants prior to the 2000 season. He spent the next 14 years as the team's tight ends coach, where he was instrumental in the development of players such as Jeremy Shockey, Jake Ballard, and Kevin Boss. Pope was the lone holdover from Jim Fassel's staff who coached with Tom Coughlin. During this time, he won Super Bowl rings when the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. On January 15, 2014 it was announced the Pope would be let go by the Giants.
Dallas Cowboys (2014-present)
Pope is married to Lee with two sons, Travus and Daron and four grandchildren. Pope's personal connection to the Giants can be seen in the choice of name for one of his grandsons, Wellington, named for Giants' late owner Wellington Mara. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2003.
- Dallas Cowboys 2014 Media Guide
- Cowboys Hire Pope To Replace Phillips As Tight Ends Coach