Max Kadesky

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Max Kadesky
Personal information
Born:(1901-02-08)February 8, 1901
Winsted, Connecticut
Died:August 14, 1970(1970-08-14) (aged 69)
Dubuque, Iowa
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Dubuque (IA)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Max R. Kadesky (February 8, 1901 – August 14, 1970) was an All-American college football player for the University of Iowa. He was a left end for Iowa’s Big Ten championship football teams in 1921 and 1922. He later played one season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Rock Island Independents.


Max Kadesky was born in Connecticut but moved to Dubuque, Iowa, and attended Dubuque Senior High School. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, but his specialty was football. Kadesky was the team captain and coach of the football team in his senior season at Dubuque High School. He was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

College career[edit]

Kadesky went to the University of Iowa to play football for coach Howard Jones. In his first game as a sophomore in 1920, Kadesky caught the game-winning touchdown in a 14-7 victory over Indiana in Bloomington.[2] Later that season, he blocked a Northwestern punt that was returned 35 yards for a touchdown in Iowa’s 20-0 victory.[3]

As a junior, Kadesky was a starter at left end for Iowa’s undefeated 1921 football team.[4] He was also an all-Big Ten selection that season.[5] In his senior season in 1922, Kadesky helped lead Iowa to another Big Ten title and another undefeated season. He returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in a victory over Purdue that season,[6] and at the end of the year, Kadesky was named a second team All-American.[7]

Professional career[edit]

After graduation, Max Kadesky played eight games at left end for the Rock Island Independents of the NFL in 1923.[8] He then retired from football and returned to Dubuque to begin a dental practice.


  1. ^ Dubuque High School Hall of Fame Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 75 Years With The Fighting Hawkeyes, by Bert McCrane & Dick Lamb, Page 68 (ASIN: B0007E01F8)
  3. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 32 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  4. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 35 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  5. ^ Iowa’s All-Big Ten players Archived 2010-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 36 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  7. ^ Iowa’s All-Americans Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Pro football bio

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