Today is a good day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Grant Mason. According to the 2005 Michigan Football Media Guide, Grant Mason was born on this day in Pontiac, Michigan. He grew up to be an outstanding football player at Orchard Lake St. Mary Preparatory School.
(Note – Grant Mason was a starter on the 2005 Michigan Wolverine Football team. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Grant Mason began his college football career at Stanford. He earned two letters, but transferred to Michigan and sat out the 2003 season. Grant worked hard to get ready for his opportunity in 2004. As it turned out, he played in all twelve games and started one game in his first season at Michigan. Mason played mostly on special teams in 2004 and returned kick offs and punts. He earned his first varsity letter and became a Big Ten Champion when the Wolverines posted a record of 7-1-0 in the conference. Michigan finished the 2004 season with a record of 9-3-0. It was a good year for Grant Mason and the Wolverines.
Mason returned to the Wolverine team in 2005 with hopes of starting every game. As it turned out, that’s exactly what happened! Grant started every game in 2005 at right cornerback. He made a career-high 16 tackles (10 solo and 6 assists) against Notre Dame. Grant finished the season with 85 tackles (61 solo and 24 assists) and made two interceptions. Although he had a good season, the Wolverines slipped to a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. Michigan went 5-3 in the conference which tied them for third place.
Grant Mason played some good football for Michigan. He earned two letters and started thirteen games for the Wolverines from 2004 to 2005. He played on Michigan’s last Big Ten Championship team in 2004. Grant Mason left Ann Arbor with his head held high. He is also connected to some interesting Michigan football “firsts.”
Grant Mason enjoyed a short career in the National Football League after he left Michigan. He is forever linked to the long, long Maize and Blue line that dates back to 1879. Grant had some personal challenges after his NFL career ended, but I hope that he is doing well. Happy Birthday Grant Mason. Go Blue!
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