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Michael Anthony "Mike" Munchak (born March 5, 1960) is a former professional American football player and current offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos. A graduate of Penn State, Munchak played left guard for the Houston Oilers from 1982 until 1993 and was a nine-time selection to the Pro Bowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mike Munchak
Munchak speaking at a sports convention
Munchak speaking at a sports convention in 2011
Denver Broncos
Position:Offensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 59)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Scranton (PA) Central
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:159
Games started:156
Fumble recoveries:5
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:22–26 (.458)

After his retirement, Munchak continued his association with the Houston franchise by becoming an assistant coach. He joined the staff in 1994 as an offensive assistant and quality control coach and stayed with the franchise after it moved to Tennessee and became known as the Tennessee Titans, eventually becoming its offensive line coach in 1997, and served in that position for 14 years.

Munchak became the Titans' head coach in 2011 and was fired after the 2013 season, ending his 31-year association with the franchise. He served as offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for five years and is now the offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos.

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College careerEdit

Munchak was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978–1981. During this time he was a starter for the 1979 and 1981 seasons; however, he missed the 1980 season due to a knee injury. During his senior year, he was named a second-team All-American and was subsequently drafted 8th overall by the Houston Oilers.[1]

Playing careerEdit

During the 1982 NFL Draft, Munchak was chosen as the Houston Oilers' first round draft pick (8th overall), making him the first offensive lineman drafted that year. In his rookie season, he quickly earned a starting position at the left guard position. He remained in that position for 12 seasons. During that time he garnered nine Pro Bowl nominations, four All-Pro, nine Second Team All-Pro, seven All-AFC, and four second-team All-Pro selections. In addition, he was selected for the 1980s All-Decade Team. Munchak's 12-year tenure tied for second most seasons played with the Houston Oilers.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Houston / Tennessee Oilers / TitansEdit

In 1994, only one year after retiring as a player, Munchak joined the Houston Oilers staff as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997 Munchak was named offensive line coach of the newly relocated Tennessee Oilers, a position he held for the next fourteen seasons. Following Jeff Fisher's departure as head coach, Munchak was named head coach of the Titans on February 7, 2011. The 2011 season marked his 30th season with the organization. The 2013 season, Munchak's third as head coach, yielded a record of 7–9. That offseason, franchise CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster requested that Munchak replace at least six assistant coaches. Munchak disagreed with some of these requests and refused to fully enact those changes in his staff.[3] Munchak was consequently relieved of his position on January 4, 2014.[4]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

The 2014 season marked the first season since 1982 that Munchak had no involvement (as a player or coach) with the Oilers/Titans franchise. Munchak eventually became the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a 2016 NFL playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Munchak yanked Bengals player Reggie Nelson's hair, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He was subsequently issued a $10,000 fine by the NFL for the incident that was later rescinded after it was determined that the incident was inadvertent.

Denver BroncosEdit

After being a finalist for the Denver Broncos' head coach position, the Broncos hired Munchak to be their offensive line coach on January 14, 2019.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TEN 2011 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC South
TEN 2012 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC South
TEN 2013 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC South
TEN Total 22 26 0 .458
Total 22 26 0 .458

HonorsEdit

Munchak was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, along with Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, and Jack Youngblood.[6]

In June 2003, Munchak was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

The street in front of Scranton High School is named for Munchak.

The United Way of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania has a charity golf tournament named after Munchak. Each year the tournament is held the last week of June at The Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Personal lifeEdit

Munchak and his wife, Marci, have two daughters, Alex and Julie.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Black Shoe Diaries Retrieved on 11-Feb-2011
  2. ^ "Hall of Famers » MIKE MUNCHAK". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011. Named 16th head coach at Penn State.
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309849/article/mike-munchak-firing-assistants-wasnt-right-move
  4. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (January 4, 2014). "Titans fire coach Mike Munchak". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  5. ^ DiLalla, Aric (January 14, 2019). "Broncos agree to terms with Mike Munchak as offensive line coach". denverbroncos.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers by Year of Enshrinement". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131021092024/http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/football/mike-munchak/. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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