Michael A. Prairie
Hometown: New Britain, CT
Team: Football

Michael A. Prairie '77
Hometown: New Britain, CT
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1986

Ten years ago Brown football reached a pinnacle in its recent history: the Ivy League Championship. The captain of that team was a center named Michael Prairie, from New Britain, Connecticut, where he had been All-State in football for Pulaski High and had lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball. Prairie started his Brown football career as a tight end on the freshman team, which utilized his blocking ability at that position. He moved to the center spot as a sophomore and started in the final five games of that season. From then on, Prairie owned the center position. He started in every game as a junior and made first team All-Ivy, only the third Brown center ever to be so honored; he repeated that accomplishment in his senior year. As a senior, Prairie also was named to the first team All-ECAC and All-New England squads, having finished with a team record of 19-3-1 for the games in which he started. He also was selected for the ECAC honor roll three times in his senior year. Among Prairie's fondest memories of his football career at Brown were beating Harvard at Harvard, 7-6, in his sophomore year; beating Dartmouth 35-21 at Homecoming in his senior year; and never losing to Yale. Today Prairie lives in the Southington, Connecticut, with his wife and two children. He is president of Financial Management Associates, Inc.