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April 12, 2019 Happy Birthday Bobby Abrams

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s post is to wish a Happy Birthday to a Michigan Man named Bobby Abrams. According to the 1989 Michigan Football Media Guide, Bobby E. Abrams Jr. was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan. Bobby attended Henry Ford High School in Detroit. He was an All-State Football player in his senior year where he starred on defense (cornerback) and offense (tight end). He also lettered in track as a long jumper and sprinter. Yes, Abrams was quite an athlete and he caught the eye of Bo Schembechler and his staff. Abrams was also very serious about his academics and made the honor roll every semester of his high school career. So, he was talented enough to earn a scholarship offer from Michigan and smart enough to take it!

(Note – Bobby Abrams (#24) is shown above with the 1989 Big Ten Championship football team. He is seated in the second row – ninth man from the left.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Bobby Abrams

A Red Shirt Beginning in Ann Arbor in 1985

Bobby E. Abrams arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1985. He spent his first year learning the Michigan Football system and getting stronger in the weight room. Abrams did not play a down as a true freshman and burned his red-shirt.

Letter Winner and Big Ten Champion in 1986

Abrams played enough to earn a letter in 1986, but he did not earn any starts. He recorded at least one tackle in six games and helped the Wolverines post a final record of 11-2-0. Michigan also earned a share of the Big Ten Championship that season.

Bobby Abrams Michigan Football 1987 | gobluefootballhistory.com

Bobby Abrams lettered 4 times and played on 3 Big Ten Championship teams from 1986 to 1989. Photo courtesy of the 1987 Michigan Football Media Guide.

A Starter in 1987

As usual, everyone in Ann Arbor had high expectations for their Wolverines in 1987. Bobby and his teammates wanted to win the Big Ten Championship, not just a share. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out that way. Michigan ended the season with a final record of 8-4-0 and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten (5-3-0). Abrams started 7 games at Outside Linebacker and 2 more at Inside Linebacker. He recorded 26 tackles (18 solo and 8 assists) and solidified his place on the Michigan defense.

Back to Back Big Ten Championships in 1988 and 1989

Bobby Abrams was back again in 1988 and focused on playing as much as he could and winning another Big Ten Title. The Wolverines got off to a rough start – losing two close games to Notre Dame and Miami of Florida. Fortunately, Michigan did not lose for the rest of the season, but did tie Iowa 17-17. Bo’s footballers ended the season with a final record of 9 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. They won the Big Ten Championship with a record of 7-0-1. Abrams started a career high 12 games in 1988 and posted 56 tackles (35 solo and 21 assists). As Frank Sinatra would say, “It was a very good year!”

Abrams, and his teammates began the 1989 football season with a simple goal – repeat as Big Ten Champions! Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened. For the second straight year, Michigan opened the season with a loss to Notre Dame. Then, the Wolverines went on a 10-game winning streak to finish the regular season at 10 wins and 1 loss.  Michigan posted a perfect record of 8-0-0 in the conference and won the championship for the second straight year. Bobby Abrams started 12 more games and recorded a career high 73 tackles (51 solo and 22 assists). Yes, he finished STRONG!

Michigan Man Bobby Abrams

Bobby Abrams came in when Bo was the head coach at Michigan and he went out with the legendary Schembechler after the 1989 season. Abrams was fortunate to play on some very good teams from 1986 to 1989. The Wolverines posted a record of 38 wins, 10 losses and 1 tie during that period. They won three Big Ten titles for Bo, including two in a row at the end (1988 and 1989). Bobby also played in two winning bowl games (1988 & 1989).

I enjoyed watching Bobby Abrams play at Michigan − that’s for sure! He was one of the most athletic linebackers I have ever seen. Abrams earned four letters, helped win three conference championships and made a ton of tackles. You can’t do much better than that at Michigan. I hope that Bobby E. Abrams Jr. he has a very “Happy Birthday” on his special day today! Thanks to Bobby for his contributions to the great history of Michigan football. He stayed, he played, and he left as a champion – just like Bo promised! Go Blue!



Part II. April 12, 2019 National Day Calendar Update

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