"Mr. Mizzou" dies at 86
COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou football player and color commentator John Kadlec, also known as "Mr. Mizzou", has died at 86.
Kadlec was known as a beloved figure in the MU community for decades.
Born October 22, 1928, Kadlec played on the offensive line for the Tigers from 1948-1950. After serving as an assistant football coach at Kansas State, Kadlec served as an assistant under legendary MU coach Don Faurot.
Mr. Mizzou later served as a color commentator for the Tiger Network where he was for 16 years; he retired in 2010.
KOMU 8's Chris Gervino worked in broadcast with Kadlec for several years:
"I am so saddened to hear about John. What a great man, and great ambassador for the University of Missouri - known around the state and beyond as 'Mr. Mizzou.' It's a tremendous loss. He was so kind to me, and so fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family."
Other members of the Mizzou community shared their thoughts and memories in honor of Kadlec Wednesday morning:
We have lost Mizzou Legend & friend John Kadlec! No more suffering! Reunited w/Dolly! Thank you GOD for putting JK in my life!#RIPMrMizzou— Mike Kelly (@mikekelly1120) October 29, 2014
Very sad to hear that Mr. Mizzou, John Kadlec, has passed away. He will surely be missed.— Tim Wolfe (@UMPrez) October 29, 2014