Mike Michalske

Mike Michalske
Date of birth (1903-04-24)April 24, 1903
Place of birth Cleveland, Ohio
Date of death October 26, 1983(1983-10-26) (aged 80)
Place of death Green Bay, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Penn State
Career history
As player
1926 New York Yankees (AFL)
1927–1928 New York Yankees (NFL)
1929–1935, 1937 Green Bay Packers

NFL 1920s All-Decade Team 5× first-team All-Pro (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931)

3× NFL Champion (1929, 1930, 1931)
Career stats

August Mike Michalske (April 24, 1903 – October 26, 1983) was an American football player and coach. He professionally as a guard with the New York Yankees of the first American Football League and the National Football League (NFL) and with the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

Originally a member of the short-lived New York Yankees from 1926 to 1928, Michalske arrived in Green Bay in 1929 for the first of nine seasons with the team. A fullback during his college football career at Pennsylvania State University, the 6-foot, 210 pound Michalske convinced Packers coach Curly Lambeau to try him on the line, where he became known for his combination of speed, agility, and power.

The first guard inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Michalske was a key blocker in the Packers' championship seasons in 1929, 1930, and 1931, opening holes for the likes of Johnny McNally and Bob Monnett. Michalske was dubbed "Iron Mike" because despite playing 60 minutes a game, he missed only nine of 104 games during his Packers tenure, five of them in his final season. Moreover, throughout his football career he played with an unrepaired congenital abdominal hernia.

Michalske was a six-time consensus first team All-Pro (1927–1931, 1935). He wore nine uniform numbers over his Packers career, the most by any one player in team history: 19 (1932), 24 (1934), 28 (1931), 30 (1932), 31 (1933), 33 (1935), 36 (1929–30, 37), 40 (1935) and 63 (1934). Following his playing career, Michalske became a coach. He served as the head football coach at Iowa State University from 1942 to 1946, compiling a record of 18–18–3.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Six Conference) (1942–1946)
1942 Iowa State 2–4[n 1] 1–3[n 1] T–5th[n 1]
1943 Iowa State 4–4 3–2 T–2nd
1944 Iowa State 6–1–1 3–1–1 T–2nd
1945 Iowa State 4–3–1 2–2–1 3rd
1946 Iowa State 2–6–1 1–4 5th
Iowa State: 18–18–3 10–12–2
Total: 18–18–3


  1. 1 2 3 Ray Donels served as head coach for the first three games of the 1942 season before resigning. He led the Cyclones to an overall record of 1–2 and conference mark of 0–1. Michalske coached the final six games of the season. Iowa State finished the 1942 season with an overall record of 3–6 and tied for the fifth place in the conference with a mark of 1–4.[1]


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