|Title:||Class of 1997|
Mike Bucci, you were one of the greatest running backs in the history of WPI football. You demonstrated you extraordinary talents on your very first carry, when you dodged the Fordham defenders and ran the ball in for a touchdown. By the end of the game, you chalked up 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Your first-year statistics read like many running backs' career numbers: seven 100-yard rushing games, 1,072 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. You were only the second running back in WPI history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season, and only one freshman in all of NCAA had more yards rushing that you that year. Your performance in that first season made you the No. 1 freshman running back in NCAA Division III, earning you the title of Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
That first year was just a prelude to a memorable football career at WPI. No one who was there will ever forget your 97-yard pass reception and run in the waning minutes of a game against Bowdoin that put the winning touchdown on the scoreboard. Achievements like that resulted in your selection to the ECAC All-New England First team as a sophomore, junior and senior.
By the time of your graduation, you were the university's all-time leading scorer, with 218 points. Today, you rank second in career rushing yards (3,274), seventh in career receptions 973) and eighth in career receiving yards (1,017). All told, you amassed 4,291 all-purpose yards, a figure that puts you in the top five, all time.
Your involvement in campus activities included serving on the intramural council and your career has taken you to Georgia where you now are a consultant for A.T. Kearney Inc.
Mike Bucci, it is with great pride and honor that we recognize your accomplishments on the WPI gridiron by welcoming you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.