Today is an excellent day to wish Happy Birthday to a former Michigan captain named Tim Jamison. According to the Wikipedia article linked bellow, Tim Jamison was born on this date at Blue Island, Illinois. Tim Jamison grew up in Illinois. In fact, he grew up to be a very big young man (6’ 3” and 249 pounds). He attended Thornton Township High School in Riverdale, Illinois. Tim starred as a defensive lineman on his high school football team. He was a highly rated player who had some excellent choices for continuing his education and his football career. Tim liked what he saw at Michigan and arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 2004.
(Note- Co-Captain Tim Jamison (#90) is shown above with the 2008 Michigan Football team. Hs is seated in the front row – seventh man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Tim was good enough to play in three games as a true freshman, but he ended up using a medical redshirt after a season ending injury. Jamison came back in 2005 and earned his first varsity letter. He didn’t earn any starts, but Tim played in 10 games, made 10 tackles and drew a lot of attention from opposing teams. He also drew some attention from The Sporting News and was named to their All-Big Ten Freshman team. Yes, Tim’s Michigan Football career was off to a good start!
Jamison was back to play more in 2006 and he did! Tim appeared in 7 games, but he didn’t earn any starts. He recorded 12 tackles and earned his second varsity letter. He helped Michigan win eleven straight games to start the season before the Wolverines lost the last two games of the season.
Tim was ready to assume a bigger role on the defensive line in 2007 and that’s what happened. He started 11 games and played in all 13 contests in 2007. Jamison recorded a career high 52 tackles. Of course, he earned his third varsity letter. Michigan finished with a final record of 9 wins and 4 losses in 2007. However, he helped send Coach Lloyd Carr into retirement with a big bowl win over Florida.
Jamison’s hard work at Michigan earned him a lot of playing time and the respect of his teammates. He was one of four men to be selected as a co-captain in 2008. It took all the leadership that time and his fellow captains could muster because the first year of the Rodriguez Era was pretty rough. Unfortunately, the Wolverines finished with a final record of 3 wins and 9 losses. Yes, it was not the way that Tim Jamison and the rest of his teammates wanted to end their career, but that’s what happened.
Tim Jamison finished his career with 128 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups and 1 interception. He earned four varsity letters and won the Dick catcher Award in his final season. Tim wasn’t drafted out of college, but he did sign as a free agent with the Houston Texans in 2009. He played with the Texans from 2009 until 2014.
So, today is a great day to remember the contributions of Captain Tim Jamison to Michigan Football. Thanks to Tim for all his hard work. I hope he has a very happy birthday today. Go Blue!
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