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September 29, 1934|
|Died: May 7, 2003(aged 68)|
|NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 11 / Pick: 128
(By the Green Bay Packers)
|College: Miami (FL)|
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|Career Highlights and Awards|
Michael Edward "Mike" Hudock, Jr. (September 29, 1934 – May 7, 2003) was an American collegieate and Professional Football center who helped the University of Miami to become a national football power for the first time. He went on to play in the American Football League as an original member of the American Football League's New York Titans. He played high school football for the Tunkhannock Tigers, graduating in 1952.
An offensive lineman and linebacker, Hudock was a sophomore in 1954 when the Miami Hurricanes finished No. 9 in the nation, the first time they ended a season top 10. His senior year they were 8-1-1, No. 6 in all three wire polls and Hudock was honorable mention All-American. Hudock was twice named first-team center for the All-South team in college football and was selected to play in the Chicago Charities College All-Star Game (injured-DNP). He had begun his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Miami.
Although his early professional years were plagued by knee injuries, Hudock became an integral part of another team's rise to prominence in 1960 when he joined the New York Titans for the first American Football League season. He was still there when the Titans became the New York Jets in 1963 and in 1965 for Joe Namath's rookie year. Taken by the Miami Dolphins in the 1966 AFL expansion draft, he retired in 1967 after being traded to the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
In 1967, he was traded to Kansas City. He decided to retire and was an assistant high school football coach at Old Forge (Pa.), but wound up returning to the Chiefs and playing to the end of the season when their starting center became injured.
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