Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ted Kwalick

Ted Kwalick


  • Position: Tight End
  • School: Penn State
  • High School: McKees Rocks, PA (Montour HS)
  • Years: 1966-1968
  • Inducted: 1989
  • Place of Birth: McKees Rocks, PA
  • Date of Birth: Apr 15, 1947
  • Jersey Number: 82
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 225

Member Biography

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, and today the Penn State program and Joe Paterno speak for themselves." 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.