Today is a perfect day to wish “Happy Birthday” to Michigan Man Steve Everitt. According to the 1991 Michigan Media Guide, Steven Michael “Steve” Everitt was born on this day at Miami, Florida. He grew up in Miami and attended Southridge High School He was an outstanding athlete who earned All-State and All-County honors in 1987 for his stellar play at center and linebacker. He also earned a letter in softball.
(Note – Steve Everitt (#51) is shown above with the 1992 Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the second row – seventh man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Steve Everitt was recruited to play center at Michigan by Bo Schembechler’s staff in 1987. Everitt’s name first appeared on a Michigan Football Roster in 1988. Although he was big enough, he wasn’t quite ready for Big Ten football. Steve burned his red-shirt so that he could get stronger and learn how to play offensive line the “Michigan Way.” He did not see any action in year one and he did not earn a varsity letter.
Apparently, Everitt learned his lessons well in 1988. He earned the John Maulbetsch Award for his outstanding improvement during Spring Football Practice in 1989. Steve started every game at center in 1989 and earned UPI honorable mention as an All-Big Ten selection. He was also honored by The Sporting News as one of the nation’s best freshman offensive lineman. So, Steve’s playing career was off to a great start. He played on Bo’s last team that went 10-2-0 and won a Big Ten championship. Life was good for Steve Everitt and his Wolverines teammates.
The good news for Steve Everitt was that he was back and ready to play for new Head Coach Gary Moeller in 1990. However, the bad news was that Steve broke his left foot in game #3 against Maryland. He was out for the next five games. Steve was able to get back on the field and play some excellent football before the season ended. By the time Michigan played Mississippi in the Gator Bowl, he was in his best shape/health of the season and it showed. Everitt was named Co-MVP of the Gator Bowl for his outstanding play. It was the first, and only, time that five linemen shared a bowl game-MVP honor at Michigan. The Wolverines ended the season at 9 wins and 3 losses. They won a share of the Big Ten Title with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.
Steve was back in 1991. His goals were simple: stay heathy and play at a high level. Once again, some nagging injuries, not his opponents, slowed Everitt down and limited him to only seven starts. Steve earned his third letter and Michigan had another successful season. Michigan improved to 10 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines posted a perfect conference record of 8-0-0 and gave Gary Moeller his first outright Big Ten Title and second in a row.
Everitt’s fourth season (1992) worked out better for him and for Michigan. Steve started all twelve games. He was healthy and played at a very high level for the entire season. He earned his fourth varsity letter and helped Michigan to an excellent season. The Wolverines finished the year with a record of 9-0-3. Their conference record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties earned them a second straight conference championship. It was also Coach Moeller’s third consecutive championship. Oh, by the way, Steve earned first team All-Conference honors and won Michigan’s Hugh Rader Award as the Best Lineman for the 1992 season.
Steve Everitt was an excellent player on some outstanding Michigan teams. He was part of a Big Ten Championship team during all four of his years at Michigan. He finished his career with four varsity letters, 35 starts, two important team awards and All-Big Ten honors in his final season. Steve went on to enjoy a successful eight year career in the NFL with four teams from 1993 to 2000. Today is a good day to appreciate Steve Everitt’s contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. Happy Birthday Steve and Go Blue!
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