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July 31, 2017 – Happy Birthday Dave Dobreff!

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a perfect day to celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan Man Dave Dobreff and wish him a very happy birthday! According to the 1991 Michigan Media Guide, David “Dave” Dobreff was born on this day near Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He grew up in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and attended L’Anse Creuse High School. Dave was an outstanding athlete who earned a total of nine varsity letters in football (3), basketball (2) and lacrosse (4). He was an All-State football player in 1988 and earned three years of All-state honors in Lacrosse. Somehow, Dave found the time to be an excellent student as well.

Dave was recruited to play linebacker at Michigan by Bo Schembechler’s staff. Dobreff‘s name  first appeared on a Michigan Football Roster in 1989. He was listed as a 6’ 3”/230-pound player who wore # 48. Dave did not see any action in year one and he did not earn a varsity letter.

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Dave Dobreff lettered for Gary Moeller’s first three teams from 1990 to 1992. He helped the Wolverines win three consecutive Big Ten Titles. Photo courtesy of the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide.

Dobreff played in ten games in 1990 and earned two starts. He made five tackles in his first career start against Maryland. Dave also intercepted his first pass against Purdue. He earned his first letter in 1990 and was a contributor on Gary Moeller’s first football team. The Wolverines  ended the season at 9 wins and 3 losses. They won a share of the Big Ten Title with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.

Dave Dobreff’s third season did not work out as well. A nagging neck injury limited his playing time. He did not earn any starts in 1991, but he did play enough to earn his second letter. Michigan improved their record to 10 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines posted a perfect record of 8-0-0 and gave Gary Moeller his first outright Big Ten Title and second in a row.

Dobreff’s fourth season (1992) worked out better for him and for Michigan. Dave started two more games and played in every game. He earned his third varsity letter and helped Michigan to an excellent season. The Wolverines finished the year with a record of 9-0-3. Their conference record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties earned them a second straight conference championship. It was also Coach Moeller’s third consecutive championship.

In addition to his solid career at Michigan, Dave Dobreff was also part of some important Michigan football “firsts.” Check them out:

  • Dave Dobreff played on the first Gary Moeller Team in 1990.
  • Dobreff was a member of Gary Moeller’s first Big Ten Championship Team (1990).
  • Dave Dobreff played on Gary Moeller’s first and only losing bowl team (1992).
  • Dobreff played on Gary Moeller’s first and only undefeated team (9-0-3) in 1992.
  • Dave Dobreff payed on Gary Moeller’s first and only top 5 ranked team (5th in AP Poll and 5th in CNN/USA Coaches Poll) in 1992.
  • Dave played on Gary Moeller’s first and only Rose Bowl winner in January 1993.

Dave Dobreff was a good player on some great Michigan teams. He was part of a Big Ten Championship team during all four of his years at Michigan. He finished his career with three varsity letters, 37 tackles and 1 interception.

So, today is a good day to wish Dave Dobreff a very “Happy Birthday!” Thanks for your contributions to the great history of Michigan football! Go Blue!



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