T-minus 8 days and counting…
For most kids, having the opportunity to attend a major university and earn a degree is an opportunity of a lifetime.
For many kids, participating in athletics while at school, especially in one of the major sports, and being productive on a nationally recognized team is more than can be expected.
For some kids, being selected to continue playing the game they so passionately have come to love on the next level in the professional ranks is dre
For a very few, being associated professionally with a game they love long enough to be nationally recognized as one of the best ever in in their sport is beyond imagination.
For 8 such former Wolverines, imagination was everything:
George Allen – Compiled a 118-54-5 record as head coach in the NFL.
Dan Dierdorf – Consensus All-American in college and received six Pro Bowl selections. Color commentator for Monday Night Football from 87 – 98.
Len Ford – 4-time Pro Bowl selections. Selected All-NFL five times. Member of the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team.
Benny Friedman – Led the NFL in touchdown passes four straight years. Set multiple single-season passing TD records.
Bill Hewitt – Played the game of NFL football without a helmet until he was forced to wear one. Named to the All-NFL team with two different teams.
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch – Led the NFL in receiving and scoring in 1951. Was known to have “crazy” speed. Hirsch scored 399 career points.
Tom Mack – Played in 184 straight career games with the Los Angeles Rams as offensive guard. Named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, five-times All-NFL selection.
Ralph Wilson – Co-founder of the American Football League. Two AFL Championship wins as owner of the Buffalo Bills. Guided the AFL-NFL merger in 1977.
In 8 days, anything’s possible…