Friday, July 22, 2011

Former Michigan QB Jimmy Maddock passes away at age 76

Very sad to hear of the passing of another Michigan football player, former quarterback Jimmy Maddock. 

 (thanks to the folks over at M Victors for the picture of Jimmy)

It's been a tough year for the Michigan family with the passing of former Wolverines.

Since September 11th, 2010, four former Wolverine's have passed away.

Ron Kramer passed on September 11th, 2010, the day of the Notre Dame game, and the team went out and honored the former All-American with a 28-24 win over the Irish in South Bend.

Former running back Rob Lytle, the 1st Wolverine player I ever liked, passed away from a heart attack on November 20th, 2010.

Vada Murray, a defensive back in the late 1980's before becoming a policeman, died on April 6th of 2011 form Cancer.

The Ann Arbor police department retired his badge #155 from active use on May 13th.

Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's very first Michigan Captain, TE Jim Mandich, died on April 26th form a bout with bile duct cancer.

I'll admit right here, I never hear of Mr. Maddock before I learned of his passing today, and as a Michigan fan, it's kind of embarrassing.

Yeah, I know it's hard to know about everyone who played football for the Wolverines, but I should've known the QB that passed to All-American Ron Kramer, right?

Jimmy Maddock was the starting QB for the Wolverines from 1954-56, playing at a time when Wolverine football was second best in the state to the Spartans.

From 1951-1967 the Wolverines won exactly 1 Big Ten Title, in 1964, and went to 1 Rose Bowl, beating the Oregon Ducks, 34-7, on New Year's Day 1965.

As bad as those years were, you're always going to find stories about terrific Michigan players like Jimmy Maddock.

I'm just sorry I had to learn about him through his passing.

May God Bless Jimmy Maddock and his family.

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