Michaels, Walt

Lyons, Marty
February 7, 2018
Niland, John
February 7, 2018

Michaels, Walt

Walt Michaels

Induction Year: 1997

Category: Football

Location: West Islip

While Michaels did not attend high school in Suffolk County, he maintains residency in West Islip.

Michaels was a two-sport athlete from Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. He went on to play fullback at Washington & Lee University.

He played professionally for the Cleveland Browns from 1952-61 and was key role in the team’s defense at linebacker. Michaels intercepted 11 passes, including four in 1952, and also returned two of them for touchdowns. In his 10 years in a Cleveland uniform, Michaels helped the Browns play in five NFL Championship games, winning consecutive contests in 1954 and ’55. He earned All-Pro honors three times with the Browns.

He was defensive coordinator for the Jets for 10 years and head coach from 1977-82. He unexpectedly resigned in 1983, citing a need for a break from football. He would then coach the New Jersey Generals in the USFL for two years beginning in 1984.