Today is another great day to wish Happy Birthday to a Michigan Man named Dwight Hicks. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Dwight Hicks was born at Mount Holly Township, New Jersey on this day in 1956. By the time he graduated from Pennsauken High School in 1974, he was an outstanding football and basketball player. He also captained both teams during his senior year. Hicks was a highly coveted player, but he decided to play for Bo Schembechler and Michigan.
(Note-Dwight Hicks (#17) is shown above with the 1977 Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverines. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Dwight Hicks arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1974. He didn’t start any games during his freshman year, he did play enough to earn his first varsity letter.
As a sophomore, Dwight earned plenty of attention by being named the John Maulbetsch Award winner as the top player in spring drills in 1975. Hicks kept up his outstanding play in the fall and earned 10 starts at safety for Bo’s Wolverines.
Dwight’s excellent play helped the Wolverines post a final record of 8-2-2. They finished second in the Big Ten with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.
Hicks returned in 1976, but he injured his finger during the second game of the season (a 19-19 tie vs Stanford). Dwight had to have surgery and missed the next four games. He returned to the starting lineup and still recorded 58 tackles for the season and a 51-yard touchdown return against Minnesota. The Wolverines won a share of the conference championship in 1976 with a record of 7-1 in the Big Ten.
Dwight’s outstanding contributions in 1975 and 1976 did not go unnoticed. He was selected as a Co-Captain of the 1977 Michigan Football team along with Walt Downing. Dwight Hicks started 11 games at the Wolf position in 1977. Interestingly, Michigan finished the 1977 season with exactly the same results as 1976. However, Dwight finished the season as a first team All-Big Ten player too.
Yes, Dwight Hicks had an excellent career in Ann Arbor. He started 28 straight games and played on two Big Ten Co-championship teams. He finished his career as a Wolverine captain and an All-Big Ten player. Dwight played a lot of downs as a stellar defender and return man for the Wolverines. He recorded 180 tackles (123 solo and 57 assists) and also picked off 8 passes. You really can’t do much better than that!
Thanks to Dwight for his outstanding contributions to the great tradition that is Michigan Football. I hope that Dwight Hicks has a very Happy Birthday on his special day. Go Blue!
For more information on Dwight Hicks and his very successful career in the National Football League, check out the link below.
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