Lou Michaels

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Lou Michaels
Date of birth (1935-09-28)September 28, 1935
Place of birth Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Date of death January 19, 2016(2016-01-19) (aged 80)
Place of death Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s) Placekicker, defensive end
College Kentucky
High school Swoyersville High School [1]
NFL draft 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As player
1958–1960 Los Angeles Rams
1961–1963 Pittsburgh Steelers
1964–1969 Baltimore Colts
1971 Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 2
Career stats

Louis Andrew "Lou" Michaels (September 28, 1935 – January 19, 2016) was an American football player who was a standout defensive lineman for the University of Kentucky Wildcats from 1955 to 1957. After Kentucky's victory over archrival Tennessee in 1957, Michaels was quoted as saying, "Nothing sucks like a Big Orange." Michaels played professionally for 14 years, 1958–71, with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He also excelled as a placekicker, and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1962 and 1963 seasons.

Michaels was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. His brother, Walt Michaels, also played in the NFL.

Michaels died January 19, 2016, from pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. ^ Bennett, Steve (December 10, 2012). "Swoyersville Football 1951". Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Bennett, Steve (January 19, 2016). "Local football legend Lou Michaels dies". Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved January 19, 2016.