Originally Posted: September 8, 2019
Mickey Dollens ’11 majored in English with a creative writing specialization and minored in psychology.
If you look at the arc of Mickey Dollens’ life so far, you can almost feel the syncopated rhythm of the opportunities he embraced and the hard knocks he survived.
His story starts with an unlikely football scholarship and his life-changing years at SMU. But just as Mickey’s chapter on the Hilltop was nearing an end, his brother’s suicide drove him to re-examine everything.
Mickey tried out for the NFL – and failed. But his attempt managed to earn this Oklahoma flatlander a slot on the U.S. Bobsled team. The life adventure continued after bobsledding with boom (and bust) in the oil business and a teaching job that he loved (and lost), before driving him to win a seat in the Oklahoma State Legislature.
It’s been a wild ride for someone only eight years out of college, but Mickey is the first one to tell you that SMU shaped him in ways he didn’t realize while he was on the Hilltop. And as you follow the twists and turns of his story, remember this: Mickey never quits. READ MORE