Sources tell KSR that former Wildcat defensive back and punt returner Mike Siganos passed away on Thursday night. Siganos played for the Cats under Fran Curci from 1974-1977, and in his senior year, earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference and honorable-mention All-America honors while leading the SEC in punt returns. He was second-team All-SEC in 1976 while helping the Wildcats earn a share of the SEC championship and beat North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. He still holds the Kentucky career records for most punt returns in a game (nine), season (43), and career (113). He racked up 10 interceptions in his career, including one in the Peach Bowl against UNC.
Siganos was known as a fearless and dynamic athlete who provided an instant spark on both sides of the ball. After graduation, Siganos played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a Canadian professional team out of Ontario. In 2003, Siganos was named to the Athletic Hellenic Hall of Fame, which honors athletes of Greek descent.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 14 in Connecticut at St. Luke’s High School, Mike’s alma mater.
Prayers and thoughts go out to the Siganos family. Please honor Mike by sharing your memories of his time at Kentucky below.