I love dropping by the U-M Bentley Historical Library.  I stopped in recently doing a little research for the 2012 edition of HTTV and check out this gem Brian W., one of the archivists, shared with me:

ufer pigskin

Now we know that the late, great U-M radio voice Bob Ufer played freshman football in Ann Arbor and was a U-M track star at Michigan, but I didn’t know he gave varsity football a run.   Apparently so, as above is one of Fritz Crisler’s preseason surveys filled out by old Ufe himself.   (Here’s Tom Harmon’s 1943 form, posted in 2010, worth a look if you haven’t seen it).  

He was living at the Phi Delt house at the corner of South University and Washtenaw at the time and as a good Pennsylvania worked in the steel mill during the summer. 

Speaking of Ufer, had to scan eBay for a cool photo and jackpot.   Here he is in 1976 showing off his luxurious sled and his fitting vanity plate:


Bentley bio and sound clips
Ufer.org – official site, clips and more
Ufer posts on MVictors


  1. That’s awesome, Greg. My dad was on the 1940 freshman team, I wonder if the Bentley has his sheet…

  2. MIKE – go to this site “http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/football.htm” then click on “All-TIme Roster Database”, then “1940” for the year and “FR” in Class field, click n FIND and your Dad’s name shoudl pop up….Good Luck….

  3. Same birthday as Bo Schembechler…

  4. Work in a steel mill? What a wimp, might as well just lay on the beach all summer.

  5. What position are you best offensively? Halfback. Defensively? Halfback.
    Good stuff.