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February 22, 2018 – Happy Birthday Dhani Jones!

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish Dhani Jones a very Happy Birthday! Dhani Makalani Jones was born on this date in San Diego, California. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Jones grew up in Potomac, Maryland. He was an outstanding athlete at Winston Churchill High School where he earned multiple honors in football. He also wrestled and ran track. Dhani was rated as the fifth best linebacker prospect in the Atlantic Coast Region coming out of high school.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Dhani Jones 

Lloyd Carr heard about Dhani’s football prowess and decide to recruit Jones. Dhani had lots of good options for his college career, but he realized that Michigan was a great option. He accepted Carr’s scholarship offer and arrived on campus in 1996.

The talented Jones did not start any games in 1996 but he played in eleven contests. He saw a lot of action on special teams and recorded four tackles.

Dhani was ready to step it up in 1997 and so were the Wolverines. He started nine games in his sophomore year and made at least 1 tackle in all twelve games. In fact, he finished second on the team with 90 tackles and had two games with 11 tackles. Of course, Michigan had a perfect season (12-0-0) and won the Big Ten Championship and the National title to boot! As Frank Sinatra would say, “It was a very good year!”

Dhani Jones Michigan Football 1998 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Dhani Jones smiled a lot at Michigan. Well, not so much when he was lining up to knock a runner into next week! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Jones was back for his junior season in 1998. Although the Wolverines lost a ton of talent from the 1997 squad, they were still very good. Dhani only started one game, but he played in all twelve contests. Once again, he made at least one tackle in every game and placed third in tackles with 72 for the season. Jones won the Matthaei Award for his outstanding work on the field and in the classroom. The Wolverines finished with an overall record of 10-3-0 and won a share of the Big Ten Title with a record of 7 wins and only 1 loss.

Dhani Jones returned for his senior season in 1999. He was one of the leaders on the defense and he played like it! He recorded 81 tackles and played a ton of really good football for Michigan. Jones continued his outstanding work as a student-athlete. He was named the Dr. Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award at the end of the season. The Wolverines finished with a final record of 10 wins and 2 losses, but they slipped to second in the conference with a final record of 6 wins and 2losses.

So, on the anniversary of his birth, let us appreciate the contributions of Dhani M. Jones to Michigan Football. Jones played a lot of good football for Michigan. He earned four letters, played on two conference championship teams and recorded 247 career tackles. He definitely left Ann Arbor with his head held high and wearing a flashy bow tie! (Dhani loves to wear colorful bow ties!) I hope that Dhani has a great time on his special day today. Happy Birthday Dhani Jones and Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhani_Jones

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 21, 2018

Who was Coach Fritz Crisler’s first All-American football player?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 21, 2018 –  Ralph Heikkinen

Yes, Ralph Heikkinen, who played tackle, was Fritz Crisler’s first All-American in 1938. Fritz Crisler did not recruit the talented Heikkinen, but he sure enjoyed watching him play in 1938.

Heikkinen, who earned Most Valuable Player honors at Michigan in 1937 was also named the team MVP in 1938. So, he was the first Michigan Football player to accomplish that incredible feat! The talented Heikkinen also earned All-Big Ten first-team honors in 1938 to go along with a similar honor from 1937.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 22, 2018

Who was the first quarterback to earn All-American honors at Michigan?

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