Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For ten seasons (1927 to 1935, 1937), he played at the guard, tackle, linebacker and blocking-back positions in the American and National Football Leagues with the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers. Born August Mike Michalske, he attended West Tech High School in Cleveland and played collegiate football at Penn State where he achieved All-American status in 1925. He signed with New York of the AFL and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1926. The league disbanded two years later and the Yankees' franchise would not survive more than one season in the NFL. Michalske joined the Packers (coached by Curly Lambeau) where he solidified the line for three consecutive Green Bay championship squads (1929 to 1931). He formulated the idea of using fullbacks at the guard position to take advantage of their size and speed. He appeared in 122 regular season games, earning First-Team All-NFL status five-times (1927 to 1931). Following his playing career, he served as head coach at Iowa State (1942 to 1946) and compiled a 18 win 18 loss 3 tie record. He was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964 and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1970.
Bio by: C.S.
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