Mike McCormack (American football)


Assistant coach


  • 6 × Bowl pro choice (1951, 1956, 1957, 1960-1962 )
  • 9 × All- Pro selection ( 1954-1962 ) 1st and 2nd team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1984 )
  • Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (2001)
  • 2 × NFL Champion (1954, 1955)
  • 1 × NFC Champion (1972 )

Michael " Mike" Joseph McCormack ( born June 21, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, † November 15, 2013 in Palm Desert, California ) was an US- American football player and coach. He played as an offensive tackle in the National Football League ( NFL) for the New York Yanks and the Cleveland Browns.

Playing career

Mike McCormack studied from 1948 to 1950 at the University of Kansas. He played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks and was used in the offensive line and the defensive line. His College awarded him in all three study years from due to its sporting achievements.

1951 McCormack was drafted by the New York Yanks in the third round to 34th position. His rookie year with the Yanks was not successful for McCormack. His team won only one of twelve games. Immediately after the season, he was drafted by the U.S. Army for military service. McCormack grabbed Only in 1954 back into the game in the NFL. The Yanks had now set the game mode, the rights to McCormack held the Baltimore Colts, the charges before the season ten players, including Don Shula and McCormack. The Cleveland Browns were looking for a successor for Bill Willis, who finished his career after the season 1953. Paul Brown, coach of the Browns, sat McCormack 1954 on the orphaned position of Willis as a Nose Tackle (Middle Guard ).

The Browns were in the fifties of the 20th century, a top team in the NFL. Numerous All-Star players like Otto Graham, Dante Lavelli, Len Ford, Frank Gatski and Lou Groza ran on for the team. Already in his first game year McCormack was able to win with the Browns to the NFL title. The Browns defeated in the championship game, the Detroit Lions with 56:10.

In the following game year McCormack moved to the position of offensive tackles and was henceforth responsible for protecting quarterback Otto Graham. Also in this year he won the championship. The Browns were successful with 38:14 in the final game against the Los Angeles Rams. Together with Paul Brown finished McCormack after the 1962 season, his playing career.

Coaching career

In 1965, McCormack served as assistant coach for the Washington Redskins. In the years 1971 and 1972 he was able to move with the team each in the play-offs. 1971 failed the team early in 1972 the team in the NFC Championship Game could move against the Dallas Cowboys. The coached by Tom Landry team from Dallas defeated the Redskins with 26:3. The victory meant a place in the Super Bowl VII, where the Redskins, however, the Miami Dolphins were subject to 14:7.

From 1973 to 1975 McCormack was Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the team from Philadelphia, he was unsuccessful. In 1976 he was hired by his former coach Paul Brown as assistant coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown was the founder and owner of the team. Even with the Bengals he could not celebrate successes. In 1980, McCormack, the coach of the Baltimore Colts, after the game round in 1981 but was released. During the 1982 season, he took over briefly the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. From 1983 to 1989 he served as General Manager of the team. 1993 McCormack returned in the same capacity in the NFL to the newly founded Carolina Panthers back. The Panthers took in 1995 of the match operation. A year later, his team failed in the NFC Championship game with 30:13 to his former team, the Green Bay Packers. After the 1997 season, McCormack retired from football sports.


Mike McCormack played six times in the Pro Bowl nine times and was voted All- Pro. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.