John Kowalik
Date of birth: May 10, 1910(1910-05-10)
Date of death: January 7, 1978(1978-01-07) (aged 67)
Place of death: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Position(s): Guard
Height: 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
College: Michigan
 As player:
1934 Ottawa Rough Riders

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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[5] He played professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1934.[6][7] His son, John F. Kowalik, Jr., played college football as a halfback for the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1962.[8] He lived in Franklin, Michigan in his later years and died in January 1978 in Detroit, Michigan.


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