Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Tony McGee. Tony Lamont McGee was born on this day in Terre Haute, Indiana. He grew up to be an outstanding football and basketball player at Terre Haute South High School in Terre Haute. He was heavily recruited by many top schools, but he decided to be a “Michigan Man.”
(Note – Tony McGee (#88) is shown above with the 1992 Big Ten Champion Michigan Football Team. He is seated in the second row-ninth man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Tony McGee was recruited by Bo Schembechler’s staff, but he didn’t play much for the Michigan legend. Tony saw limited action in 1989 and played mostly on special teams. However, he played enough to earn a letter in Bo’s last year and he learned how to play some Michigan Football. He also played on a Big Ten Championship team which was a good thing.
McGee made a good impression on his new coach, Gary Moeller, because he played in all 12 games in 1990. He saw time at tight end and on special teams. McGee caught his first pass against MSU and started one game. He excelled at blocking, but demonstrated the ability to catch the ball as well. Michigan had plenty of talent at tight end, so young Tony McGee continued to work hard and wait his turn. He did earn his second letter in 1990 and another Big Ten Championship. It was a great time to be a Michigan Wolverine!
Michigan continued to play well in 1991 and so did Tony McGee. Tony started one more game that season, but played a ton of football. He continued to make his presence felt when he was on the field. His consistent play helped Michigan post another winning season (10-2-0) and another conference championship. Tony McGee earned his third varsity letter in 1991 and was looking forward to being a starter in 1992.
Tony McGee came back in 1992 and was ready for his best season. He started every game (12) and caught 38 passes for 467-yards and 6 touchdowns. His strong play helped Michigan go undefeated in 1992 with a record of 9-0-3. Again, the Wolverines were Big Ten champs for the fifth consecutive year. Oh, by the way, Tony’s excellent play did not go unnoticed. He won first team All-Big Ten honors for his stellar play.
Although Tony McGee’s career started slow, it finished STRONG! He had a good run in Ann Arbor from 1989 to 1992. In addition to making fourteen starts and earning four varsity letters, he was a proud member of four Big Ten Championship teams. He earned some special recognition from the Big Ten writers for his outstanding senior season.
Tony McGee was also part of some important Michigan football “firsts.” Check them out:
Tony McGee’s stock really rose in his senior year at Michigan. He was drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals and put together a nice eleven-year career in the NFL. To read more about Tony’s successful career check out the link below.
So, today is a good day to remember the contributions of Tony McGee to Michigan Football. He, and his teammates, contributed thirty-eight wins to the all-time Wolverine victory total and added four Big Ten Championship Trophies too! Thanks for the Maize and Blue memories Tony McGee. I hope you enjoy your special day today. Go Blue!
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