|Date of birth||April 24, 1903|
|Place of birth||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Date of death||October 26, 1983 80)(aged|
|Place of death||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|1926||New York Yankees (AFL)|
|1927–1928||New York Yankees (NFL)|
|1929–1935, 1937||Green Bay Packers|
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
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big Six Conference) (1942–1946)|
- 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.
- Edson, Art (October 15, 1942). "New Coach Named for the Cyclones; Ray Donels Steps Down and 'Mike' Michalske Assumes the Task; Preparing for Drake". Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence, Kansas. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- Mike Michalske at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Mike Michalske at the College Football Data Warehouse