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February 25, 2018 Rest in Peace Captain Boss Weeks!

Posted on February 25, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post celebrates the memory of former Captain Boss Weeks who went to rest in peace on this day in 1906. Apparently, Weeks, who was only twenty-six years old, died of complications from typhoid fever or diphtheria which was very sad. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Harrison Samuel “Boss” Weeks was born on April 3, 1879 at Fort McIntosh, Texas, His father was a military officer. So, young Harrison saw a lot of Texas and New Mexico growing up. When Harrison’s father left the military, the Weeks family returned to dad’s hometown which was Allegan, Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Boss Weeks 

Harrison S. Weeks came to Ann Arbor in 1899 to earn a college degree and play football for the Michigan Wolverines. As it turned out, he accomplished both tasks quite successfully.

Weeks played enough as a freshman and sophomore to earn letters as a back-up quarterback in 1899 and 1900. He played on Gustave Ferbert’s last team (1899) and Bif Lea’s only team (1900). Michigan went 15-4-1 during that time, but the best was yet to come.

Harrison Weeks came back in 1901 to play for his third coach in three seasons. Fielding Harris Yost arrived in Ann Arbor and was eager to earn a name for himself. Young Weeks and some other talented football players helped the energetic Yost do just that!

Captain Boss Weeks Michigan Football 1902 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Boss Weeks served as the Captain of the Michigan Wolverine Football team in 1902. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Boss Weeks became the undisputed leader and “boss” of the first two Yost teams that took college football by storm. Harrison S. Weeks was the perfect “field general” for Yost’s “Hurry Up” playing style. Even more amazing was the fact that Michigan outscored their opponents by a margin of 1,194 to 12 during that span. It was, and still is, the most dominant two-year run of football ever! Boss Weeks led the “Point-a-Minute” teams that could not be stopped. He helped Michigan win two straight conference titles, two consecutive national championships and led his team to victory in the first Rose Bowl in college football history.

I believe that Captain Boss Weeks was the first “great” Michigan quarterback.  Here is a quick summary of  his most amazing accomplishments:

  • Harrison S. Weeks was the first quarterback to lead Michigan to eleven wins in 1901 (11-0-0)
  • Captain Boss Weeks was the first quarterback to lead Michigan to a national championship in 1901.
  • Weeks was the first Michigan quarterback to lead the offense to over 100 points in a single game (128-0 vs Buffalo) on October 26, 1901. (Note he did it two more times in 1902 against Michigan Agricultural College 119-0 and Iowa 109-0).
  • Harrison Weeks was the first Michigan quarterback to lead the offense to over 500 points (550) in 1901 and over 600 points (644) in 1902.
  • Captain Boss Weeks was the first quarterback to lead Michigan to victory in the first Rose Bowl in January 1902.
  • First Michigan quarterback to lead Michigan to a perfect record (22-0-0) over two years of football.

So, today is a good day to remember a true Michigan football great named Harrison S. “Boss” Weeks. Captain Boss Weeks was the “Gold Standard” for future Michigan quarterbacks – period! He was a great player and a great leader which made him a legendary Wolverine player. I don’t think a quarterback will ever lead Michigan the way that Captain Boss Weeks did in 1901 and 1902.

Thanks to Captain Boss Weeks for setting a very high standard for Michigan quarterbacks! May he continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!



Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 24, 2018                                  

Who holds the record for the most points scored in a single game against Ohio State?

Part II. Trivia Answer of Day – February 24, 2018 – Al Herrnstein

Ah, the good old days. On October 25, 1902 the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ferry Field by a score of 86-0. Wolverine halfback Al Herrnstein scored 5 of Michigan’s 15 touchdowns that day. Touchdown and field goals both counted for 5 points in those days. So, Al Herrnstein scored 25 points that day. No, Michigan Man has ever scored more against the Buckeyes. The most interesting thing about the game was that it was stopped early. There were still ten minutes to play when the officials ended the game. It could have been even worse for the Buckeyes. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines put a big score up against Ohio State in the next few years? Not likely, but it would be fun to watch and enjoy!

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 25, 2018

When did Michigan first win 6 Big Ten games in one season?


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