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Ted Kwalick

Tight End

Thaddeus John Kwalick, Jr.

Inducted 1989

Date of Birth



McKees Rocks, PA


Pennsylvania State University (1966-1968)


Joe Paterno, Penn State coach, asked to describe Ted Kwalick, said, "He's what God had in mind when he made a football player." Kwalick joined the Penn State varsity at a time the tight end position was being developed in football. It required a man skilled as a blocker and a receiver. Ted had the size for a blocker; height 6-4; weight, 225 pounds. His aptitude for receiving was summed up by an assistant coach, Bob Phillips: "He had very big hands and great hand strength. Could catch the ball one-handed or two-handed. I don't remember that he ever dropped a pass." Ted made several All-America teams in 1967, and was unanimous in 1968, becoming Penn State's first two-time All-America. His career totals, 1343 yards and 10 touchdowns, were Penn State records for a tight end. His longest play was an 89-yarder against Miami in 1968. "I was lucky," Kwalick says, "because my first year was also Joe Paterno's first year. We grew together." He went on to a nine-year pro career with San Francisco and Oakland. He formed his own company, Tight End Sportswear, featuring shirts that show city skylines and great football players.


Height 6'4

Weight 225

Career Highlights

  • 1968 Heisman - Fourth
  • 1968 Unanimous All-America
  • 1967 First Team All-America
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