Today is a great day to wish a M Go Blue Happy Birthday to Geoffrey Steger. 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.
Geoff arrived in Ann Arbor in 1970. He spent his freshman year learning the Schembechler version of Michigan Football. He 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. He 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.
Geoffrey 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!
Who holds the Wolverine career record for sacks?
Mark Messner, who played at Michigan from 1985 to 1988, is the all-time leader in career sacks with thirty-six. Super Bowl Champion, Brandon Graham, is second with twenty-nine and one-half sacks from 2006-2009.
Mark Messner also holds the record for most sacks in one game with five in 1987 (A 29-6 win over Northwestern). Yes, Mark Messner was a “sack machine” when he played at Michigan. Nobody has done it better – before or since!
What season marked Michigan’s departure from the Western Conference?