Today’s post celebrates the Happy Birthday anniversary of a Michigan Man named Ty Law. Tajuan E. “Ty” Law was born on this day at Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Let’s take a closer look at Ty Law’s excellent career at Michigan.
According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Ty Law grew up in the town of his birth – Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Ty attended Aliquippa High School and had a solid athletic career. He starred on offense and defense for the football team. Law also played on the basketball team. In fact, he was the team MVP in his senior season. Ty also ran track. Law had some excellent choices available when it came time to continue his education. Fortunately, he chose Michigan.
Ty Law arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1992. He was good enough to get on the field as a true freshman. In fact, Ty started seven games in his first season and earned his first varsity letter. Michigan posted a record of 9-0-3 in 1992 and won the Big Championship for the fifth consecutive season.
The 1993 season went better for Ty Law, but not for Michigan. Law started eleven games at cornerback and earned first team All-Conference honors. Unfortunately, the Wolverines slipped to a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The defending conference champions posted a final record of 5-3-0 which was only good for a fourth-place tie.
Ty was back for his third season in 1994 and it turned out to be his best ever. Law started every game at cornerback and earned first team All-American and All-Conference honors. He posted a career high fifty-eight tackles (45 solo and 13 assists) and picked off two enemy passes. Ty also broke up seven passes. However, Michigan finished with another 8-4-0 regular season and only won five of eight conference games.
Ty Law opted to enter the NFL due to a family hardship in the spring of 1995. He went on to a very successful fifteen-year career in the NFL. Law left the “league” as a three-time Super Bowl champion (all with New England). He made five trips to the Pro Bowl and was named a first team All-Oro in 1998 and 2003. He is a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
Yes, Ty Law could flat-out play football. He was a stellar defender who could tackle and make big plays on the ball. Please take a moment to remember the contributions of Ty Law to Michigan Football. I hope that he has a great time with family and friends on his special day today. Happy Birthday Ty and Go Blue!
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Who holds the record for the most points scored in a single Michigan Football game?
Ron Johnson, Michigan’s soon to be All-American running-back, scored five touchdowns in his record-setting day against Wisconsin on November 16, 1968. In his final home game, he saved his “best for last.” Johnson scored five touchdowns and put 30 points on the scoreboard for Michigan. (The Wolverines won the game by a score of 34-9). No other Wolverine in the “modern era” has ever duplicated that feat.
Of course, Johnson set a few records in his last appearance at Michigan Stadium. He carried the ball 31 times and amassed 347 rushing yards. It was his tenth game with at least 100-yard rushing yards which was also a new record.
In what year did the Wolverines start wearing their famous football helmets?