Walt Kiesling

Walter Andrew[1] Kiesling (May 27, 1903 – March 2, 1962) was an American football guard and tackle who spent 36 years as a player, coach, and aide with National Football League (NFL) teams. He was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and was named to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team in 1969.

A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kiesling played college football at the University of St. Thomas where he was selected as an all-state player in 1923, 1924, and 1925. He then played 13 years as a guard and tackle in the NFL with the Duluth Eskimos (1926–1927), Pottsville Maroons (1928), Chicago Cardinals (1929–1933), Chicago Bears (1934), Green Bay Packers (1935–1936), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1937–1938). He was a first-team All-Pro in 1929, 1930, and 1932, a second-team All-Pro in 1931, and played for the Packers' 1936 NFL championship team.

Kiesling also spent 25 years as a coach or aide for NFL teams, including seven years as head coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers from 1939 to 1942 and 1954 to 1956. He led the Steelers to their first winning season in 1942. He also served as co-coach of the wartime merger teams known as the Steagles in 1943 and Card-Pitt in 1944 and as line coach for the Pirates (1937–1938), Green Bay Packers (1945–1948), and Steelers (1949–1953). He retired from active coaching for health reasons in 1957 but remained an aide to the Steelers coaching staff from 1957 to 1961.

Walt Kiesling
Walt Kiesling
Position:Guard, tackle
Personal information
Born:May 27, 1903
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died:March 2, 1962 (aged 58)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Cretin
(Saint Paul, Minnesota)
College:St. Thomas (MN)
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Career:30–55–5 (.361)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

Kiesling was born in 1903 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[2] His parents, Wenzel and Barbara Kiesling, were natives of Bohemia who immigrated to the United States in 1890 and 1888, respectively. Kiesling had a younger brother, Edward. His father worked as a cutter in a leather works and later in a garment factory.[3][4]

Kiesling attended Cretin High School, a Catholic high school in Saint Paul where he played football as a tackle.[5] He remained in Saint Paul for college, attending the University of St. Thomas. He played football at St. Thomas and was selected as an all-state player for three straight years in 1923, 1924, and 1925.[6] He graduated in 1926 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics.[5][7]

Professional football player

Duluth and Pottsville

In the fall of 1926, Kiesling joined the Duluth Eskimos of the National Football League (NFL), appearing in 11 games as a tackle for a team that featured star backs Ernie Nevers and Johnny Blood. He remained in Duluth for the 1927 season, moving to the guard position and appearing in six games.[2]

Kiesling joined the Pottsville Maroons for the 1927 season, starting 10 games at right guard.[2]

Chicago Cardinals

Kiesling next joined the Chicago Cardinals where he played at the left guard position from 1929 to 1933.[2] During his prime years with the Cardinals, he was recognized as one of the leading linemen in the NFL.

  • In 1929, he started 12 games at left guard and was selected as a first-team All-Pro by Collyer's Eye magazine.[8]
  • In 1930, he appeared in 11 games, nine as a starter, and was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 1930 by both Collyer's Eye[9] and the Green Bay Press-Gazette, based on the returns of ballots sent to the league's coaches, club officials, sports writers and officials,[10]
  • In 1931, he started nine games at left guards and was selected as a second-team All-Pro by the United Press,[11] the Green Bay Press-Gazette,[12] and Collyer's Eye.[13]
  • In 1932, he started 10 games at left guard and was selected as a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.[14]

Kiesling was the Cardinals' heaviest player, ranging from 235 to 260 pounds at six feet, three inches.[2][15] He was reputed to be "excellent on defense and unusually shifty on offense."[16] He was also known as "a smart guard, a sure tackler despite his bulk and adept at rushing a passer."[17]

During his NFL career, Kiesling lived in Saint Paul in the off-season, operating a cafe and playing as a pitcher and outfielder for a semi-pro baseball team.[18] He also played league baseball in Montana and Canada.[17]

Bears and Packers

In August 1934, George Halas signed Kiesling to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[16] Kiesling appeared in 13 games for the Bears, only five as a starter.[2]

In August 1935, Kiesling signed with the Green Bay Packers. At the time of his signing, the Green Bay Press-Gazette wrote:

Kiesling is one of the most experienced players in the pro grid game. Practically no one gains through his side of the line consistently ... Kiesling never dissipates, and trains in the year around, remaining always in top condition.[19]

Kiesling appeared in 10 games for the Packers in 1935. He also appeared in eight games for the 1936 Green Bay Packers team that won the NFL championship.[2]

Coaching career

Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers

Kiesling began his coaching career at age 34 during the 1937 season as an assistant coach under Johnny Blood for the Pittsburgh Pirates (renamed the Steelers in 1940).[20] He was also a player for the Pirates during the 1937 and 1938 seasons, appearing in a total of 12 games.[2] When Blood resigned as head coach after the team lost the first three games of the 1939 season, team owner Art Rooney hired Kiesling as the team's new head coach.[5] Kiesling led the Pirates to a 1–6–1 record in the final eight games of the 1939 season.[21]

Kiesling led the Steelers to a 2–7–2 record during the 1940 season and was replaced by Bert Bell and Aldo Donelli in 1941. Kielsing resumed his role as head coach near the end of the 1941 season, leading the team to a 1–2–1 in the final four games.[21]

Kiesling led the 1942 Steelers to a 7–4 record, the first winning season in club history since the team was formed in 1933.[21][22] Kiesling's 1942 team was led on the field by rookie halfback Bill Dudley who totaled 1,138 yards of total offense (696 rushing and 438 passing) and also had 576 yards on punt and kickoff returns.[23] Dudley was drafted into Army after the 1942 season.

In 1943, with so many players lost to military service, the Steelers were temporarily merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to form the Steagles. Kiesling and the Eagles' coach Greasy Neale served as co-coaches of the Steagles. The Steagles compiled a 5–4–1 record.[21]

In 1944, the Steelers were still lacking players due to the war and formed a one-year merger with the Chicago Cardinals, operating under the name Card-Pitt. Kiesling and the Cardinals' coach Phil Handler served as co-coaches. Despite the play of John Grigas, a Cardinals back who led the NFL in 1944 with 1,154 all-purpose yards and 471 kickoff return yards, the Card-Pitt team gave up 32.8 points per game, compiled a 0–10 record, and was outscored by a combined total of 328 to 108.[24]

Green Bay Packers

In January 1945, Kiesling resigned as the Steelers' coach.[25] Hours after resigning his position with the Steelers, Kiesling was hired as assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers.[26] He coached the Packers' linemen,[27] and in December 1945, he signed a contract extending his service through the 1947 season.[28] In January 1948, his contract was renewed again through the 1948 season. At the time, Curly Lambeau called Kiesling the top line coach in college or professional football.[29]

Kiesling contracted pneumonia in the winter of 1947 and lost 51 pounds while battling the illness.[30] In February 1949, Kiesling was released by the Packers, with Lambeau advising Kiesling "in the interests of his health to take a year's vacation from football."[31]

Return to the Steelers

Ignoring Lambeau's advice, Kiesling returned to the Steelers in March 1949 as the line coach.[32] He signed a contract extension with the Steelers in March 1950,[33] and remained as line coach through the 1953 season.[34]

In March 1952, Kiesling was hospitalized with what was described as a "heavy cold".[35] In November 1953 he was hospitalized again with pneumonia.[36] Starting with his 1947 bout with pneumonia, Kiesling was plagued with respiratory ailments for the rest of his life.

In late August 1954, Joe Bach resigned as the Steelers' head coach after a poor showing by the team in exhibition games, and Kiesling was promoted to head coach.[37] In his third stint as head coach, Kiesling led the Steelers to records of 5–7 in 1954, 4–8 in 1955, and 5–7 in 1956.[21]

Kiesling is often remembered as the coach who released Johnny Unitas, a player widely acclaimed as one of the greatest in NFL history. The Steelers had selected Unitas, a Pittsburgh native, in the ninth round of the 1955 NFL Draft. Kiesling was satisfied with Jim Finks and Ted Marchibroda as his quarterbacks and was unimpressed by the gangly Unitas. He did not allow Unitas to even play in any exhibition games, and after pre-season camp, Kiesling told Rooney: "Unitas is too dumb. He can't remember plays."[38]

Kiesling's health was declining by the mid-1950s. Steelers' owner Art Rooney considered firing him, but concluded that loyalty outweighed winning. Rooney reportedly said, "Walt will be my head coach as long as he wants to be, and even if he doesn't want to be."[39] Kiesling health was poor during the 1956 season, yet he returned for the pre-season in 1957, finally retiring in late August 1957.[40] He remained an aide to the Steelers' coaching staff until his death.[41]

Kiesling's overall record as an NFL head coach was 30–55–5.[21]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win percentage Finish Won Lost Win percentage Result
Pittsburgh 1939 1 6 1 .143 4th in NFL East
Pittsburgh 1940 2 7 2 .222 4th in NFL East
Pittsburgh 1941 1 2 1 .333 5th in NFL East
Pittsburgh 1942 7 4 0 .637 2nd in NFL East
Steagles 1943 5 4 1 .556 3rd in NFL East
Card-Pitt 1944 0 10 0 .000 5th in NFL West
Pittsburgh 1954 5 7 0 .417 4th in NFL East
Pittsburgh 1955 4 8 0 .333 6th in NFL East
Pittsburgh 1956 5 7 0 .417 4th in NFL East
Total 30 55 5 .353

Family, later years, and honors

Kiesling was married in approximately 1932.[20] At the time of his death, he was married to Irene Andreen Kiesling.[42][1] No record has been found of Kiesling having any children.

Kiesling suffered from a respiratory ailment that resulted in multiple hospitalizations in his later years.[41][43][44] He died in March 1962 at age 58 at Divine Providence Hospital in Pittsburgh.[41][42] The cause of death was acute bacteremia due to pyelonephritis.[1] He was buried at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh.[45]

Kiesling was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966.[46] In 1969, he was also selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guard on the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.[47]


  1. ^ a b c "Death certificate for Walter Aloysius Kiesling, born May 27, 1903, in St. Paul, died March 2, 1962, in Pittsburgh". Ancestry.com (Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964).(Note: Contrary to other sources, Kiesling's death certificate lists his middle name as Aloysius)
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  3. ^ 1910 Census entry for Wensel Kiesling and family. Son Walter, age 7, born in Minnesota. Census Place: St Paul Ward 12, Ramsey, Minnesota; Roll: T624_720; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1374733. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  4. ^ 1920 Census entry for Wenzel Kiesling and family. Son Walter, age 16, born in Minnesota. Census Place: St Paul Ward 12, Ramsey, Minnesota; Roll: T625_854; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 146. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  5. ^ a b c "Kiesling Named Coach After Blood Resigns Pirate Post". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 4, 1939. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Four Carleton Stars On Tribune's All-State Eleven". The Minneapolis Sunday Tribune. November 29, 1925 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Walt Kiesling, Former Packer Lineman, Vindicates Record". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 3, 1942. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.
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  10. ^ George Whitney Calhoun (December 20, 1930). "Dilweg, Michalske Named On All-American Pro Team; Grange, Nevers Also Chosen". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. 13.
  11. ^ George Kirksey (December 15, 1931). "Dutch Clark Is Named On All-America Pro Team: Kirksey Selects Leading Stars On Annual Selection". The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner. p. 14.
  12. ^ George Whitney Calhoun (December 19, 1931). "Four Green Bay Players Chosen On All-American". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. 13.
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  14. ^ "Portsmouth and Chicago Bears Dominate Pro All-Stars; Grange on Second Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 18, 1932. p. 3D.
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  16. ^ a b "Bears Start Drills Today for All Stars". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 1934. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ a b "Johnny Blood and Walter Kiesling Are Old-Timers". The Sheboygan Press. November 28, 1936. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
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  19. ^ "Kiesling, Engbretsen Signed by Packers". Green Bay Press-Gazette. August 20, 1935. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ a b "New Pirate Football Faces". The Pittsburgh Press. August 27, 1937. p. 41 – via Newspapers.com.
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  25. ^ "Pro Mentor Resigns - Steelers Seek Successor for Walt Kiesling". The Pittsburgh Press. January 27, 1945. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  26. ^ "Packers Add Kiesling To Coaching Staff". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 28, 1945. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.
  27. ^ "Walt Kiesling, Ex-Packer Tackle, Returns To Grid Alma Mater to Handle Forward Wall". Green Bay Press-Gazette. August 7, 1945. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  28. ^ "Kiesling Retained as Line Mentor by Bays". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 6, 1945. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  29. ^ "Kiesling Back as Line Coach: Veteran Mentor To Start Fourth Packer Season". Green Bay Press-Gazette. January 16, 1948. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  30. ^ "Sports Cocktails". Green Bay Press-Gazette. February 18, 1947. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  31. ^ "Told to Take Rest, Kiesling Looks for Job". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 4, 1949. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  32. ^ "Kiesling Rejoins Steelers' Staff: Former Head Coach Now Line Mentor". The Pittsburgh Press. March 8, 1949. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.
  33. ^ "Walter Kiesler Signs To Stay as Steeler Aide". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 22, 1950. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  34. ^ "Steelers' Stingy Defensive Aces Like to Rock Foes". The Pittsburgh Press. October 27, 1953. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com.
  35. ^ "Kiesling Sick". The Pittsburgh Press. March 7, 1952. p. 40 – via Newspapers.com.
  36. ^ "untitled". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 24, 1953. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
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  40. ^ "Parker Takes Over Steeler Reins". The Pittsburgh Press. August 28, 1957. p. 48 – via Newspapers.com.
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  42. ^ a b "Pro Grid Circles Mourn Kiesling". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 3, 1962. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
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Adolf Kiessling (1837–1893), German classical philologist

Ann Kiessling (born 1942), American biologist

Brady Kiesling (born 1957), American diplomat

Georg Kießling (1903–1964), German football player

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Heinrich Kiesling (1909–1944), German colonel

Heinz Kiessling (1926–2003), German musician

Karl Johann Kiessling (1839–1905), German physicist

Laura L. Kiessling (born 1961), American chemist

Michael Kiesling (born 1957), German board game designer

Rebecca Kiessling (born 1969), American activist

Scott Kiesling (born 1967), American linguist

Stefan Kießling (born 1984), German football player

Udo Kiessling (born 1955), German ice hockey player

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Struggling for much of the franchise's early years, the team's first season with more wins than losses was coached by Jock Sutherland in 1942. In 1947, under Sutherland, the Steelers played their first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Ten of the 16 head coaches spent their entire professional coaching careers with the franchise, including Kiesling, John McNally, and Chuck Noll, who have also been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of only four men to coach the same team for 23 years, Noll retired in 1991. Bill Cowher, who was Noll's replacement, coached the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl victory, in 2005. The Steelers' sixth Super Bowl win came in Super Bowl XLIII, while head-coached by Mike Tomlin, the team's current head coach.

List of Pittsburgh Steelers seasons

The Pittsburgh Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC; seven franchises in the National Football Conference (NFC) have longer tenures in the NFL. The team struggled to be competitive in its early history, posting winning records in just 8 of its first 39 seasons. Since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, however, it has appeared in eight Super Bowls and one of only two teams, along with the New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl six times. The six championships place the Steelers fourth in the league in terms of total championships (including those prior to the first Super Bowl), trailing only the Green Bay Packers (13 championships), the Chicago Bears (9) and the New York Giants (8). The club's 15 AFC Championship Game appearances are second all-time, behind the Patriots (16). In addition, they have hosted the second-most conference championship games (11) than any franchise in either conference, and are tied for second with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos with eight Super Bowl appearances; the Patriots currently hold the record of eleven appearances, as of 2019.

From 1974 to 1979 the franchise became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowl titles in six seasons, a feat which is yet to be matched. The 2005 team was the first sixth-seeded team to advance to a conference championship game since the playoff field was expanded to 12 teams in 1990; the same team also became the first sixth-seed to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers are 6–2 in Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, Super Bowl XIV, Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLIII and losing Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XLV.

As of the start of the 2018 season, the Steelers franchise are second all-time in playoff appearances, with 31, which is the most among active AFC franchises, as well as the most since the official start of the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. The Giants, Cowboys, and Packers are all tied for first all-time in playoff appearances, with 32 each.


The Finish, Wins, Losses, Ties and Pct columns include only regular season results. Postseason results are shown only within the "Playoffs" column. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the table.

T Tied for this position with at least one other team

1 For the purposes of calculating winning percentage ties count as ½ win and ½ loss

2 The Playoff Bowl (a.k.a. Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) is regarded as an unofficial post-season exhibition for third place

3 Ranked by conference rather than division (strike shortened season).

Mike Nixon

Michael Regis Nixon (November 21, 1911 – September 22, 2000) was an American football player, coach and scout who spent close to a half-century connected to the game. His most prominent positions were as head coach of the National Football League's Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Tomlin

Michael Pettaway Tomlin (born March 15, 1972) is an American football coach who is the 16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL), having led the team since 2007. With the victory in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals, Tomlin became the youngest head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl championship.

Pottsville Maroons

The Pottsville Maroons were an American football team based in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in the Northeastern part of the state. Founded in 1920, they played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1925 to 1928. In 1929 they relocated to Boston, where they played one season as the Boston Bulldogs.

The team was founded as the Pottsville Eleven, an independent team playing in the local eastern Pennsylvania circuit. Home games were played at Minersville Park, a high school stadium in nearby Minersville. They joined the local Anthracite League in 1924, the same year they adopted the "Maroons" nickname, and won the league title. The next season they joined the NFL under owner John G. Streigel. Though dominant on the field, a controversial suspension cost them the 1925 NFL Championship. They were reinstated the following year, but after two successive losing seasons in 1927 and 1928, Streigel sold the Maroons to a group in Boston, where they played one season before folding.1925 was their best season. The 1928 roster included three future Pro Football Hall of Fame members – Johnny "Blood" McNally, Walt Kiesling, and coach Wilbur "Pete" Henry – but posted the worst record in franchise history. Writer John O'Hara, who would go on to become a world-famous novelist with Appointment in Samarra, covered the team for the local newspaper.

Swede Youngstrom

Adolf Frederick "Swede" Youngstrom (May 24, 1897 – August 5, 1968) was a professional football player. Over the span of his career in the National Football League, Youngstrom played with the Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldogs, Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Bulldogs and the Frankford Yellow Jackets. He also served as a player-coach for the Yellow Jackets in 1927. Outside of the NFL, Youngstrom played pro football for the Millville Big Blue and the Haven-Villa of Winter Haven.

The Professional Football Researchers Association notes of Youngstrom's career that “He was, quite possibly, the best guard of his era, considering that the only guards in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played during the 1920s—Mike Michalske and Walt Kiesling—actually played the majority of their careers in the 1930s.”

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