Walter Niemann (American football)

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Walter Niemann
Walter Nieman (1916).jpg
Date of birth April 21, 1894
Place of birth Hermansville, Michigan
Date of death December 5, 1967(1967-12-05) (aged 73)
Career information
Position(s) Center
College Michigan
Career history
As player
1915–1916 Michigan
1921 Lauerman Twins
1922–1924 Green Bay Packers

Walter Albright "Wally" Niemann (April 21, 1894 – December 5, 1967)[1] was an American football player. A native of Menominee in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Niemann was an all around athlete at Menominee High School in Menominee, Michigan. He played center for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1915 to 1916.[2][3] He was the lightest starting center at the University of Michigan at 150 pounds. He played semi-professional football for the Lauerman Twins in 1921. The 1921 Twins team won the championship of Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.[4] He later played professional football for the Green Bay Packers from 1922 to 1924.[5] Niemann was the starting center for Green Bay in the first game played between the Packers and the Chicago Bears. Niemann was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bentley Historical Library Necrology File.
  2. ^ "1915 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ "1916 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  4. ^ Larry Ebsch. "Teams Kept Area Buzzing" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. 
  5. ^ "Wally Niemann profile". 
  6. ^ "11 Are Inducted Into U.P. Sports Hall of Fame at Marquette Event". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1974-03-19.