Detroit Lions wanted to draft which future US president?

Detroit Lions tried to draft which future US President?

The best athlete to ever sit in the Oval Office was also the only U.S. President never elected to the office. A three-year letterman at the University of Michigan, Gerald Ford played on the 1932 and 1933 National Championship teams and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 1934 season.

A two-way player for the Wolverines at center and linebacker, Ford played against the Chicago Bears in 1935 as a member of the college team that lost the annual All-Star Football Game that pitted pros versus college All-Stars. During the 1934 season, Ford also set a first in political-athletic history when he became the only President of the United States to tackle a Heisman Trophy winner when he tackled Chicago’s Jay Berwanger, who the Heisman the following year.

Ford was such a standout player that both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions made offers. The future president decline, instead choosing to attend Yale and study law.

Football continued to be a vital part of Ford’s life at Yale where he worked as assistant varsity football coach to help pay his tuition. He was also a boxing coach at Yale.

The University of Michigan retired No. 48 in Ford’s honor.

Future President of the United States Gerald Ford playing football at the University of Michigan.


Gerald R. Ford Library