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)|