There Are 17 Days to Michigan Football

Leon Halip

Seventeen days. That's all that remains until opening Saturday in Ann Arbor. All the off season hi jinx, NCAA tomfoolery, hit pieces, scandals, and replays of painful losses will just float away come sunrise on that day. Michigan Stadium has sat dormant for too long, the sidelines empty, clamoring for the rumble of band, team and fans. Our countdown series continues down the home stretch, honoring the players and games of Michigan lore.

One would think the great Larry Foote would be the pick for the number 17, but no sir/madam. Some brief digging revealed that on Michigan's national championship teams of 1932 and 1933 (coached by Fielding H. Yost), a fellow by the name of Ted Petoskey played defensive end. And he played on the baseball team. And the basketball team. While gaining an All-American selection and eight varsity letters. Michigan doesn't have three-sport athletes too often, and the most recent dual-sport threat was when Kelvin Grady moved from the basketball team to the football roster. Even that wasn't both at the same time. It takes guts to play all three sports in the same year. Maize and blue-tinted guts.

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