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Michigan Football Legends: Tom Harmon


 
Uniform Number: 98
Seasons at Michigan: 1938-40
Position: Halfback
Hometown (High School): Gary, Ind. (Horace Mann)
Installed as Michigan Legend: September 7, 2013
• 1940 Heisman Trophy winner who is regarded as one of the greatest athletes in school history.

• Two-time All-American (1939-40) and three-time All-Big Ten Conference (1938-40) honoree.

• Rushed for 2,134 yards, scored 33 touchdowns and threw 16 touchdown passes during his three seasons with the Maize and Blue.

• Added 33 PATs and booted two field goals in addition to his 33 TDs for 237 career points.

• Served a four-year stint as a pilot during World War II, in which he won a Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

• Married actress Elyse Knox and had three children: Kristin, Kelly and Mark, who played football at UCLA and became an actor (NCIS).

• Played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1946 and 1947.

• Became one of the nation's top sports broadcasters and directors, reporting live on major sporting events from the Olympics to the Rose Bowl.

• Born: September 28, 1919; Died: March 15, 1990 (age 70)
Harmon Recognized as Michigan Legend; Gardner to Wear No. 98

Before the Sept. 7 night game against Notre Dame, U-M officially recognized 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon as a Michigan Football Legend, and quarterback Devin Gardner became the first Wolverine in 73 years to don the No. 98 jersey. [ Release ]
Mark Harmon Press Conference

On Saturday (Sept. 7) at 6 p.m. EDT, Michigan held a press conference with Tom Harmon's son, Mark, who played football at UCLA and is an actor who stars in the TV series NCIS. An archive of the press conference is available to MGoBlueTV subscribers. [ Transcript ]
Tom Harmon program cover Commemorative Program

The Sept. 7, 2013, game program for "Under the Lights II" Michigan-Notre Dame game features a special commemorative tribute to Tom Harmon, with a 16-page section and a cover that is embossed and gold foiled. For information on how to acquire this souvenir publication, visit the program page.
 
Bentley Historical Library Exhibit: Harmon of Michigan

The "Harmon of Michigan" exhibit at the Bentley Library focuses on the life and career of the U-M football legend. It will run through Dec. 20, 2013, with hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the Bentley Library site.
Tom Harmon with 1940 Heisman Trophy
With 1940 Heisman Trophy
  Tom Harmon vs. Michigan State
Against Michigan State in 1939
 
Tom Harmon in 1940
Senior year (1940)
  Tom Harmon 1942 in bomber jacket
1942 in bomber jacket
  Tom Harmon 1960 portrait
1960 portrait
 
Harmon's uniform and Heisman Trophy
Harmon's uniform and Heisman Trophy

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