Michael Milligan has his parents to watch over him every step of the way. Even when he feels alone, they are always with him.
He lost his mother, Michan Milligan, to cancer when he was just a year old. He lost his father, Charles Milligan, when he was 17 years old to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Losing both of them, living on his own and sometimes not having a place to lay his head at night were hard things to overcome. He had to keep grinding and put all of his focus on God and football.
“My father taught me a lot about life and how to handle adversity when it comes your way. He told me to never give up on my dream. I made him a promise right before he passed that I would go on to play college football and continue my dream for him,” Milligan said about the advice his father gave him.
Michael Milligan grew up in a football family. His brothers and father played the game, so he chose to follow in their footsteps. He fell in love with football the moment he stepped on the field.
“My love [and] passion for the game. There is no better feeling than seeing your hard work pay off after offseason workouts. Most importantly, I love to be a part of a team and a family,” on what motivates him to play.
Michael Milligan is a graduate of Gaylesville High School in Gaylesville, Alabama. He played his high school football for the Gaylesville Trojans. He has received scholarship offers from Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Albany, Fordham, Charleston, Saint Anselm, Davidson, South Alabama, Drake, Bryant, Bucknell and more. Check out his football highlights.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Oregon are teams on his radar at this stage in his process.
The 6’6, 300 pound, offensive lineman will be able to contribute to a college football program’s offense with his size and skill in the running game. He’s aggressive, plays through the whistle and has a good first step off the line of scrimmage. That allows him to get up on his defender and gain an advantage. He had this to say about playing both sides of the line in high school.
“…Knowing everything about defensive line gives me an edge because I know what to expect and how to counter to [a] defensive lineman’s moves.”
He believes his best assets of his game are his footwork and strength. In fact, outside of football, he’s a powerlifter. Powerlifting he said gives him peace of mind. In terms of what he can bring to a university, he said a great work ethic, someone who believes in getting the job done and a team-first guy. The team always comes first. There is no I in team.
He wants to study exercise science in college to be a strength coach at that level.
“If I could talk to my mother, I would ask her questions about herself, get to know her and tell her how much I’ve missed her [all] these years. If I could talk to my father, I would tell him ‘thanks for raising me the way you did. Thanks for always pushing me to new higher limits. Thanks for making me the man I am today.’ I would tell him how much I miss him and love him dearly.”