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.
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.