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January 20, 2018 Happy Birthday Paul Staroba

Posted on January 20, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s post is to wish Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Paul Staroba. Paul hailed from Flint, Michigan and came to play football Bump Elliott’s Wolverines in 1967. Before we take a closer look at his Michigan career, we take care of today’s trivia questions.

Part I. Trivia Question of the Day – January 19, 2018:

Who is the only man in Michigan Football History to play for the Wolverines and have a brother who became President of the United States?

Part I. Trivia Question Answer for January 19, 2018: Edgar N. Eisenhower  

Edgar N. Eisenhower, who played at Michigan in 1912, was the older brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower who was the 34th President of the United States.

Edgar Eisenhower is listed as a “Reserve” on the 1912 Michigan Football Roster. His hometown is listed as Abilene, Kansas. There is no position listed for Eisenhower, so, I don’t know much else about his Michigan Football career.

Fielding Yost’s Wolverines were playing an “independent” schedule in 1912. Michigan posted a record of 5 wins and 2 losses in 1912.

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Edgar Eisenhower played on the 1912 Michigan Football Team. Photo courtesy of the Wikipedia Foundation.

Edgar N. Eisenhower was attending law school while he was on the football team. Eisenhower graduated in 1914. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, he started practicing law in Tacoma, Washington in 1915. Eisenhower died on July 12, 1971 at the age of eighty-two. May Edgard N. Eisenhower continue to rest in peace. Go Blue!

To read more about the life of Edgar N. Eisenhower go to the link below:


 Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – January 20, 2018:

Who was the first freshman wide receiver to catch 49 passes at Michigan?

Part III. Wolverine of the Day: Paul Staroba

Today is a great day to wish Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Paul Louis Staroba. According to the Wikipedia article listed below, Paul Staroba was born on this day in Flint, Michigan.

Staroba grew up in Flint and became an outstanding football player at Flint St. Matthew High School. He loved the Michigan Wolverines and that’s where he went to continue his education and his football.

Paul arrived in Ann Arbor in 1967 during the Bump Elliott Era. He didn’t play as a freshman, because freshman were not eligible to play on the varsity in those days. Staroba didn’t start any games in 1968, but he did earn a letter on Bump Elliott’s last team. Paul caught 11 passes in 1968 for a total of 158 ayrds and two touchdowns.

Staroba was one of the “survivors” of Bo Schembechler’s “basic training” program in the spring of 1969. Paul started 3 games in 1969 and earned a letter on Bo’s first team – this was no small accomplishment!

Paul Staroba had another productive season, but it wasn’t spectacular. He caught 12 passes in three games. He averaged 11.8 yards per reception in Bo’s “run-oriented” offense. Of course, he learned to block, a lot!

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Paul Staroba lettered on the last Bump Elliott team and the first two Bo Schembechler teams from 1968 to 1970. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Staroba’s role increased significantly in his final season. Paul caught 35 passes for 519 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also did a superb job as Michigan’s punter. He led the Big Ten Conference that season with a 41.5-yard average. Paul earned his third varsity letter and was named a first team All-Big Ten performer for his efforts in 1970.

Yes, Paul Staroba was a good player on Bo’s first two teams. He helped set the bar at a new height for all the Maize and Blue footballers who followed him and his teammates at Michigan.

I hope that Paul Staroba is doing well on his special day. Happy Birthday Paul L. Staroba and Go Blue!


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