Walt Michaels

1985, State Inductee
About This Inductee
  • Swoyersville High School-All-State football
  • Washington and Lee University-All-American, played in Gator Bowl
  • 1951 second round draft pick of NFL’s Cleveland Browns
  • In 10 year career, won 5 division titles and 2 National championships
  • Four-time All-Pro linebacker
  • Head coach of USFL New Jersey Generals 2 years
  • Head coach of NFL’s New York Jets 7 years
  • Also coached Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders and a Super Bowl
  • Inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame in 1986


Walt began his football career at Swoyersville. From there he went on to star at Washington and Lee University. He went on to play for the Cleveland Browns where he helped to win five division titles and two national championships. The Browns selected Walt in the seventh round of the 1951 NFL draft where he became a four time all pro linebacker. He was voted into the Wyoming Valley Hall of Fame and is presently Head Coach of the USFL New Jersey Generals.