Johnny Kitzmiller
Date of birth: (1904-11-25)November 25, 1904
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of death: April 26, 1986(1986-04-26) (aged 81)
Place of death: Dallas, Oregon, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Fullback
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

John Wesley "Dutch" Kitzmiller (November 25, 1904 – April 26, 1986) was an American football player. He played college football at the University of Oregon and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

College career

A halfback from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Kitzmiller had planned to attend the United States Military Academy and play for coach John McEwan's football team. However, just as Kitzmiller was about to enroll, McEwan was hired as the coach of the University of Oregon Ducks and Kitzmiller followed him to Oregon.[1]

At Oregon, Kitzmiller led the team to national prominence, with the team winning 23 of 30 games,[2] including two losses suffered after Kitzmiller broke his leg in the 1929 Civil War.[3] In addition to halfback, Kitzmiller also played defensive back and placekicker, and twice earned all-Pacific Coast Conference honors.[2] His nickname "The Flying Dutchman" was from his spectacular tackles made though he weighed just 165 pounds (75 kg).[2]

After college

Kitzmiller played one season as a fullback with the New York Giants in 1931,[1] then returned to Oregon as an assistant coach from 1932 to 1935.[4] He served in the Army Air Force in India during World War II, returning to Oregon's Willamette Valley after the war to establish a manufacturing company.[1] He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969,[1] the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992,[2] and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.[5]

Kitzmiller died in Oregon in 1986.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Johnny "Flying Dutchman" Kitzmiller". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "John Kitzmiller". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  3. "Oregon conquers Oregon State 16-0". New York Times: p. S4. November 17, 1929.
  4. "Ducks of the Past". University of Oregon 2006 Football Guide. p. 181. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  5. "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
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