Today’s post celebrates the birthday of another special Michigan Wolverine football player ̶ #92 Fred Grambau. He started his career at Michigan in 1969 along with about twenty new players who began their careers in Bo Schembechler’s first year at Michigan. Although freshman were not eligible to play in 1969, Grambau was around for all the “fun” of Drill Sergeant Schembechler’s football practices and meetings.
Frederick E. Grambau was a native of Ossineke, Michigan and played his high school football at Alpena High School. Grambau was in line to play a lot of football in 1970, but a knee injury caused him to miss the 1970 season. He came back strong in 1971 and started nine games at defensive tackle on the team that won all eleven regular season games before losing to Stanford in the 1972 Rose Bowl. Fred Grambau started all eleven games on the 1972 team that finished with 10 wins, 1 loss, and 0 ties. The Wolverines shared the Big Ten title with Ohio State that year. Grambau finished his Michigan football career as an All-Big Ten performer and played on the winning team (East) in the East-West Shrine Game in December 1972.
Fred Grambau, #92, is the fifth player from the left in the second row. (Photo Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library. Photographer: Bob Kalmbach)
As a proud member of Bo’s first graduating class in 1973, Fred Grambau helped set the bar at a very high level for future Wolverine teams. During his time at Michigan, the Maize and Blue compiled an overall record of 38 wins and 6 losses for a winning percentage of just over eighty-six (.863) percent. Grambau and his teammates won one league championship (1971), tied for two more (1969 and 1972) and finished in a tie for 2nd place in 1970. They won 27 out of 30 conference games over that four-year span.
Fred Grambau was drafted by the Kansas City chiefs in the fifth round of the 1973 National Football League draft but did not make the Chiefs roster that year. He opted to play professional football in Canada for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and earned All-CFL honors in 1974. Knee problems eventually forced him to retire from football in 1976.
Happy Birthday Fred Grambau and Go Blue!
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