John F. Kowalik, Sr. (May 10, 1910 – January 7, 1978) was an American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1931 to 1933. During Kowalik's three seasons as a starter, the Michigan football team compiled a record of 23–1–2, including consecutive national championships for the 1932 and 1933 teams. He was a teammate of future President of the United States Gerald Ford on the 1932 and 1933 Michigan teams. While at Michigan, Kowalik was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Druids. He graduated from Michigan in 1934 with a bachelor of science degree in education. He played professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1934. His son, John F. Kowalik, Jr., played college football as a halfback for the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1962. He lived in Franklin, Michigan in his later years and died in January 1978 in Detroit, Michigan.
- ↑ "1931 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1931fbt.htm.
- ↑ "1932 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1932fbt.htm.
- ↑ "1933 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1933fbt.htm.
- ↑ "Kowalik May Be Out With Injury". The Toledo News-Bee. November 9, 1933. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W99XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=y0QNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6321,3345619&dq=kowalik&hl=en.
- ↑ 1934 Michiganensian, p. 212.
- ↑ "Five Gridiron Aces Join Ottawa Ruggers". http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Vp9ZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=skkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5807,1506117&dq=john-kowalik+michigan&hl=en.
- ↑ "Rough Riders' First Squad Loses, 18-6, in Practice". The Montreal Gazette. September 27, 1934. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3PktAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4JgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4708,3341782&dq=kowalik+ottawa&hl=en.
- ↑ "1962 Michigan Football Roster". Rochester Evening Journal (University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library). August 23, 1934. http://126.96.36.199/allroster/FMPro?-DB=allrost.fp5&-Format=fbresult.htm&-SortField=name&-SortOrder=Ascend&year=1933&-max=170&-Find.