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April 13, 2019 Happy Birthday Geoffrey Steger

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish a M Go Blue Happy Birthday to Geoffrey Steger. According to the 1973 Michigan Football Media Guide, Geoffrey “Geoff” Steger was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois. Steger grew up just north of Chicago in Winnetka, Illinois. He was an excellent athlete at Loyola Academy. Geoffrey Steger decided to continue his education and his football at Michigan.

(Note – Geoffrey Steger (#38) is shown above with the 1974 Big Ten Co-Champion. He is seated in the first row – fifth man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Geoffrey Steger

Steger Arrived in Ann Arbor in 1970

Geoff arrived in Ann Arbor in 1970. He spent his freshman year learning the Schembechler version of Michigan Football. Steger hit the books and the practice field and did everything he could do to get ready for the 1971 football season.

Steger’s hard work in 1970 paid off in 1971. He started three games at the “Wolf” position and recorded tackles in nine games. Geoff had 23 solo takedowns and assisted on 6 more for a total of 29. He earned his first varsity letter in his first season on Bo’s varsity. Michigan finished the season with a record of 11 wins and 1 loss in 1971. They won the Big Ten Championship with a perfect record of 8 wins and 0 losses. It was a very good year for Geoff and for the Wolverines.

Geoff Steger Michigan Football | gobluefootballhistory.com

Geoffrey Steger lettered on three Michigan Football teams from 1971 to 1974. Photo courtesy of the 1974 Michigan Football Media Guide.

Michigan Man and Big Ten Champion

Geoff Steger came back in 1972 looking to start more games and play a lot more football for Bo. Unfortunately, he broke his arm and sat out the entire season. Steger came back to play in 1973 and 1974 and contributed to two more championship seasons for his beloved Wolverines. He finished his career with 41 solo tackles and 10 assists for a total of 51 stops. He also intercepted his first pass against Colorado in 1974.

When his career was over, Geoff Steger, and his teammates, had accomplished an impressive body of work. Michigan’s record during the “Steger Years” was 41 wins and 3 losses and 1 tie.  Those impressive numbers helped produce four straight Big Ten titles.  Needless to say, Geoff Steger played a lot of good football on some outstanding Wolverine teams.

So, today is a great day to celebrate Geoffrey Steger and his contributions to the great history of Michigan football. I hope he has a great day today on his special day. Happy Birthday Geoff and Go Blue!

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1974fbt.htm

Part II. April 13, 2019 National Day Calendar Update  

 

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