Walt Kichefski

Walter Raymond Kichefski (June 17, 1916 – January 9, 1992) was an American football player and coach. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1940 to 1942, and again in 1944 with "Card-Pitt", a team that was the result of a temporary merger between the Chicago Cardinals and the Steelers. The merger was result of the manning shortages experienced league-wide due to World War II. He also served in the military during the war. His name is included on the NFL honor roll, which lists over 1,000 NFL personnel who served in the military during World War II.

Walt Kichefski
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Personal information
Born:(1916-06-17)June 17, 1916
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Died:January 9, 1992(1992-01-09) (aged 75)
South Miami, Florida
Career information
High school:Rhinelander (WI)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1940 / Round: 22 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:411
Player stats at NFL.com

Kichefski played college football at the University of Miami. He served as head coach there for the last nine games of the 1970 season, following Charlie Tate's resignation, guiding the team to a 2–7 record. He began his Miami coaching career in 1943 as line mentor. After playing the 1944 season with "Card-Pitt", Walt rejoined the Hurricanes and the team went on to win the 1946 Orange Bowl. Kichefski was later recognized by the school with the title "The Gator Hater", which was aimed at the rival University of Florida. During his time at Miami, Kichefski mentored future All-Americans Ted Hendricks, Bill Miller and Ed Weisacosky. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.


The Walter Kichefski Football Award, named after Kichefski, is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in the Miami football program.

Tee Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship was created in 1992, in memory Kichefski. $400,000 was initially raised to endow the scholarship, the only undergraduate award presented by the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. The scholarship recipient is chosen each year by the football coaches, with the award going to the player who most embodies the characteristics by which Kichefski lived.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA University Division independent) (1970)
1970 Miami 2–7
Miami: 2–7


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