Michael Paul Mooney, 37

Played pro football, owned collection agency

March 07, 2007

Michael Paul Mooney, a former Mount Airy resident who briefly played professional football, died Friday of undetermined causes at his home in Westminster, Calif. He was 37.

"He died in his sleep, and we are waiting for the results of an autopsy," his brother, William Craig Mooney of Ellicott City, said yesterday.

Mr. Mooney was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy. He was a 1987 graduate of South Carroll High School in Sykesville, where he was an offensive lineman in football and played on the basketball and tennis teams.

His athletic prowess earned him a scholarship to Georgia Institute of Technology where he was an offensive tackle and a member of the school's 1990 national championship team.

In 1992, Mr. Mooney was drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Oilers of the National Football League, and then joined the San Diego Chargers, where he played in one game in 1993, according to Total Football.

He returned to Georgia Tech and earned his bachelor's degree in business management in 1995.

Mr. Mooney, who owned a collection agency, lived in Atlanta and Virginia Beach, Va., before moving to Orange County, Calif., in 2000.

He remained an avid football and basketball fan.

Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Forest Lawn-Cypress in Cypress, Calif.

Also surviving are his wife of 11 years, the former Gina Curvic; two sons, Thomas Richard Mooney, 6, and Robert Craig Mooney, 3; a daughter, Charlette Lynn Mooney, 3; and his father, Robert L. Mooney of Winter Haven, Fla.

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