Former New York Jets coach Walt Michaels died Wednesday, his daughter, Mary Ann, told the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader on Thursday. He was 89.
Michaels was the Jets’ head coach for six seasons beginning in 1977, going 39-47-1. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 1982. He also was the Jets’ defensive coordinator for the team that won Super Bowl III.
Michaels’ time with the Jets ended abruptly when he resigned after the 14-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins in that 1982 AFC title game.
He was also a defensive coordinator for the Eagles and an assistant coach for the Raiders. Michaels was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951 and was a linebacker for Cleveland through 1961. The five-time Pro Bowler won two championship titles (1954, 1955) during that span. He did not play again until one game for the Jets in 1963 under Weeb Ewbank.
Michaels also coached in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals in 1984 and 1985.
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