Lou Michaels
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Michaels with the Rams in 1959
No. 55, 83, 79, 75
Position:Placekicker, defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1935-09-28)September 28, 1935
Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Died:January 19, 2016(2016-01-19) (aged 80)
Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:Swoyersville (PA)[1]
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Louis Andrew "Lou" Michaels (September 28, 1935 – January 19, 2016) was an American football player who was a standout defensive lineman for the University of Kentucky Wildcats from 1955 to 1957. After Kentucky's victory over archrival Tennessee in 1957, Michaels has been quoted saying, "Nothing sucks like a Big Orange." Michaels played professionally for 14 years, 1958–71, with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He also played placekicker, and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1962 and 1963 seasons. In 1962 he led the league in field goals made. He finished his career with a 54.8% field goal percentage and 955 points.

Michaels was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. His brother, Walt Michaels, also played in the NFL.

Michaels died January 19, 2016, from pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. ^ Bennett, Steve (December 10, 2012). "Swoyersville Football 1951". The Citizens' Voice. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Bennett, Steve (January 19, 2016). "Local football legend Lou Michaels dies". The Citizens' Voice. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 19, 2016.