Eagle donated: Family members of Big Mike Whitman gather for a picture as a bronze Eagle is presented to Quarterback Club members Mike Parson and Fred Hatcher along with Eagle head coach Bryan Hutson prior to the Eagles’ game against the Farmington Cardinals. Whitman played football for the Eagles from 1965 thru 1971 wearing number 22 and was an active member of the Quarterback Club.
Mike Whitman, known to many as Big Mike, was not only a graduate and former player at Paris High School, but also one of the biggest Eagles fans in town. Big Mike began his football career in the seventh grade and played from 1965 through 1971 and wore number 22.
Several years after graduating and as his own sons became involved in Boys Club and eventually Paris Eagles football. Big Mike was instrumental in helping to organize and get started the Quarterback Club.
Because Big Mike was such an Eagles fan and a long time member of the Quarterback Club, his sister and brother-in-law Erma and Gary Smith decided to make a donation in his honor. The Smith’s donated a bronze eagle to the Quarterback club and the Paris football team in memory of Big Mike.
The bronze statue will can be seen at the Quarterback Club concession stand at home football games and will be on display in the field house during the off season.