Mike Gieb

Mike Gieb has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding play as a football lineman for the Garland High School Owls in the late 1950's. Gieb was the first Owl lineman to be recognized as a prep All-America player, earning the honor in 1958. Gieb was a unanimous all-district choice as a two-way tackle as a junior and as a senior at Garland High School, while also being named to the All-Greater Dallas first team both years. As a junior he was named second team Class 3A all-state following the Owls bi-district championship season, when he averaged 10 tackles per game. As a senior Gieb had 87 unassisted tackles, averaging nearly nine per game, and 16 assists, nearly two per game. He also was the key blocker on the Owl off tackle slants. Gieb was named a first team tackle on three of Garlands Class 4A all-state teams, and as a senior capped his recognition with his selection as one of eight Texans on the 80-player Scholastic Coach Magazine prep All-America squad and a sixth team position on the seven-team Wigwam Wisemen prep All-America squad. As a sophomore, in 1956 Gieb was a starting defensive end on the Class 3A state football championship team. The 5' 10, 208-pound athlete was so fast that as a junior he ran the lead-off leg for the Owl sprint relay team which set a school record of 45.5 seconds in the District 7-AA track meet. He also had been timed at 10.3 for the 100. In track, in addition to his display of speed, he won the district discus championship three years. As a senior in 1959 he placed third in Region 2 with a throw of 148 feet 6 and 3/4 inches. Entering Texas A&M on an athletic scholarship, his football career was cut short by not being able to completely recover from an injury suffered during practice for the North-South All-Star Game. Mike Gieb and his wife, Jamie, reside in Carrizozo, New Mexico, and the couple has three children: James William, Amber, and Autumn.