Aug. 3, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department will recognize three additional former football greats -- tackles Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert -- with the "Michigan Football Legend" distinction during the 2012 season, announced today (Thursday, Aug. 2) by Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. With the support of the Wistert family, the No. 11 jersey, worn by all three Wisterts, will return as a "Michigan Football Legend" number this fall.
The U-M Athletic Department previously announced in June that the famed No. 47, No. 48 and No. 87 jerseys would return as "Michigan Football Legend" jerseys in honor of center Gerald Ford and ends Ron Kramer and Bennie Oosterbaan, respectively. The Wisterts, Ford, Kramer and Oosterbaan will be honored in perpetuity with their names affixed to their respective jersey numbers with a patch over the left upper chest of all future players donning the jersey numbers. The football staff has not determined which current players will wear the jerseys honoring the former legends.
Desmond Howard was the inaugural Michigan Football Legend, honored last year during the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. Howard's No. 21 jersey will be worn in 2012 by senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison).
The Wisterts, Ford, Kramer and Oosterbaan, along with former Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and former U-M head football coach Gary Moeller, will be honored throughout the season across marketing collateral. As the 2012 season marks the 133rd season in Michigan football history, the "Team" concept will be carried throughout the season.
Tickets to each game at the Big House in 2012 will feature one of the six former playing or coaching greats and their teams, with the artwork as the official team photo from their senior or final season at U-M.
Additionally, U-M's football schedule poster, die-cut in the shape of 133, will include the official team photos of Team 1 through Team 132 as the background artwork.
Following is the home football schedule for 2012 and the team that will be represented on each ticket. Below also reflects the tentative dates and contests in which the No. 11, 47, 48 and 87 jerseys will be worn by a current Wolverine player and therefore officially honored as a "Michigan Football Legend" number.
Sept. 8 -- Air Force (No. 47 Bennie Oosterbaan, Team 48)
Sept. 15 -- Massachusetts (No. 87 Ron Kramer, Team 77)
Oct. 13 -- Illinois (No. 48 Gerald Ford, Team 55)
Oct. 20 -- Michigan State (Tom Harmon, Team 61)
Nov. 10 -- Northwestern (No. 11 Alvin Wistert, Team 70)
Nov. 17 -- Iowa (Gary Moeller, Team 115)
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