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John McKay Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
John McKay
Place Of Birth
West Virginia, USA
100 years old
Birth Date
July 5 1923

John McKay Facts

Child Star?
Head Coachv
Education & Qualifications
University of Oregon
Net Worth
Current Partner
Corky Hunter
Rich McKay, JK McKay, Michele McKay Breese, Terri McKay Florio
John McKay, Gertrude McKay

About John McKay 

John McKay was the Southern California (USC) head coach of the football team from 1960-1975, followed by being the head coach of NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-1984.

During his sixteen seasons at USC, John McKay brought them recognition and awards time again. However, the 1975 season was a disappointment, following which he moved to coach at the NFL level, and although Tampa Bay Buccaneers started slowly under him, they picked up soon.

John McKay got enrolled at Purdue University before transferring to the University of Oregon. He played soccer in the halfback position. After graduating in 1950, John served as the assistant for the Ducks. In 1958, he started coaching under Don Clark at USC. However, Clark resigned after failing to defeat their rivals for three years. So, McKay became the head football coach in 1960.

John McKay's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was John McKay's net worth?

John McKay was estimated to have a net worth of $20 million.

How much did John McKay earn per year?

John McKay's highest annual salary was $2 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was John McKay?

The height of John McKay is not known.

How old was John McKay?

John McKay was born on July 5, 1923, and passed away on June 10, 2001. He was aged 77 at the time of his death.

Childhood And Education

John McKay was born to John Mckay and Gertrude McKay and had four siblings. Unfortunately, his father died in his early life.

After graduating from Shinnston High School, he got a football scholarship to play for Wake Forest, but his mother fell ill during that time. So, he had to return to West Virginia, and he worked there as an electrician. Then, he was deployed into the air force during WWII, after which he enrolled at Purdue University before transferring to the University of Oregon.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was John McKay's partner?

John McKay was married to Corky Hunter, with whom he had two sons, Rich McKay and JK McKay, and two daughters, Michele McKay Breese and Terri McKay Florio.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

John McKay is best known for being the head football trainer of the USC football team.

In his first two seasons, he was not as successful. However, in 1962, they won with an 11-0 record, including a 42-37 Rose Bowl victory that led them to a national championship. Under him, the Trojans won four national championships, with the 1972 team considered the best team in college soccer history. Also, under him, Mike Garrett won the Heisman Trophy.

When he moved to the NFL level, he went with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They had a winning season in 1978. In 1981 and 1982, they made two more playoff appearances. Also, the squad only won twice in 1983 but rebounded in 1984, which was John McKay's last season.

What awards did John McKay win?

In 1988, McKay was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.

Other Interesting John McKay Facts And Trivia

  • OJ Simpson won a Heisman Trophy under John McKay.
  • John McKay is credited with popularizing the I-formation and brought in a power running game through 'Student Body Left' and 'Student Body Right.'

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