Walt Kichefski

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Walt Kichefski
No. 42
Position: End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1916-06-17)June 17, 1916
Place of birth: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Date of death: January 9, 1992(1992-01-09) (aged 75)
Place of death: South Miami, Florida
Career information
High school: Rhinelander (WI)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1940 / Round: 22 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 30
Receiving yards: 411
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Walter Raymond Kichefski (June 17, 1916 – January 9, 1992) was a professional football player who played in the National Football League from 1940 to 1942 and again in 1944. Kichefski played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and "Card-Pitt", a team that was the result of a temporary merger between the Chicago Cardinals and the Steelers. The teams' merger was result of the manning shortages experienced league-wide due to World War II. He also served in the military during the war. His name is included on the NFL honor roll, which lists over 1,000 NFL personnel who served in the military during World War II.

He played college football at the University of Miami. He served as head coach there for the last 9 games of the 1970 season, guiding the team to a 2–7 record. He began his Miami coaching career in 1943 as line mentor. After playing the 1944 season with "Card-Pitt", Walt rejoined the Hurricanes and the team went on to win the 1946 Orange Bowl. He later became the head coach of Hurricanes in 1970, following Charlie Tate's resignation. He was later recognized by the school with the title "The Gator Hater", which was aimed at the rival University of Florida. During his time at Miami, Kichefski mentored future All-Americans Ted Hendricks, Bill Miller and Ed Weisacosky. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

Walter Kichefski Football Award[edit]

The Walter Kichefski Football Award is named after Kichefski. The award is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in the Miami football program.

Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship[edit]

This endowed scholarship was created in 1992, in the memory of beloved Hurricanes' Hall of Fame player and coach Walter Kichefski. $400,000 was initially raised to endow the scholarship, the only undergraduate award presented by the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

The scholarship recipient is chosen each year by the football coaches, with the award going to the player who most embodies the characteristics by which Walter Kichefski lived: •Respect of his fellow man •Loyalty •Dedication •Sacrifice •Motivation •Inspiration

RECIPIENTS 1994 - Larry Jones 1995 - Alan Symonette 1996 - Twan Russell 1997 - Ryan Clement 1998 - Richard Mercier 1999 - Joaquin Gonzalez 2000 - Dan Morgan 2001 - Jeremy Shockey 2002 - Matt Walters 2003 - Jonathan Vilma 2004 - Chris Myers 2005 - Kelly Jennings 2006 - Anthony Wollschlager 2007 - Khalil Jones 2008 - Derrick Morse 2009 - Brandon Harris 2010 - Josh Holmes 2011 - Mike James 2012 - Allen Hurns 2013 - Shane McDermott 2014 - Denzel Perryman 2015 - Standish Dobard 2016 - Brad Kaaya