A former All-American guard for the Tennessee Vols has passed away.
On Thursday, John Michels, who played for Tennessee from 1950 to 1952, passed away at the age of 87. He was a consensus All-American in 1952, and a two-time All-SEC selection.
Michels was also member of Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team. The 1951 team went 10-0 in the regular season, winning co-ownership of the SEC title, before losing to Maryland in the Sugar Bowl.
After one year as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Michels joined the army and served as a lieutenant until 1956.
He then played one year for future Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers before joining Grant’s coaching staff at Winnipeg in 1959.
Michels served as offensive line coach for Grant with the Blue Bombers from 1959 to 1966, and then followed Grant to the Minnesota Vikings in 1967.
From 1967 until 1993, Michels served as the team’s offensive line coach, with one year as a running backs coach, and was a member of all four of the Vikings’ Super Bowl NFL/NFC championship teams.
Michels was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
We wish Mr. Michels’ family our condolences.