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John Michels


John Joseph  Michels

Inducted 1996

Date of Birth



Philadelphia, PA


University of Tennessee (1950-1952)


John Michels played guard for Tennessee, was a three-time letter winner, two-time all-conference selection, and in 1952, consensus All-America. That year he also won the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee had a 29-4-1 record and played in the Cotton Bowl twice and the Sugar Bowl once during Michels' time. He played in the Hula Bowl and College All-Star Game. He was named to the all-time Cotton Bowl team. Michels played pro one year, 1953, with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a first lieutenant in the Army 1954-56. Michels coached in the Canadian Football League 1957-1967 and coached the offensive line for the Minnesota Vikings 1968-1993.


Height 5'10

Weight 195

Career Highlights

  • 1952 All-Conference
  • 1952 Consensus All-America
  • 1951 All-Conference
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