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February 5, 2018 Happy Birthday Rocky Rosema

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s post is wish Happy Birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Rocky Rosema. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Roger William “Rocky” Rosema was born on this day at Grand Rapids, Michigan. the versatile Rosema arrived in Ann Arbor to play for Bump Elliott in 1964.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Rocky Rosema

Rocky Rosema played on the Michigan freshman team in 1964. He learned the Michigan “system” and did everything he could do to get ready for varsity football in 1965.

Rosema started one game at left tackle in 1965 and two games on the defensive side as a left end. The good news for Rocky was that he earned his first varsity letter. The bad news for Rocky’s team was that the Wolverines finished the season with a final record of 4 wins and 6 losses.

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Rocky Rosema gets instructions from Head Coach Bump Elliott in 1967. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Things got better for Rocky and for Michigan in 1965. The Wolverines posted a winning record of 6-4-0 and Rocky earned his second varsity letter. Rosema made two starts on offense as a left end. He started four games on defense – also at left end.

The versatile Rosema was back for his senior season in 1967. He proved to be Michigan’s “Jack-of-all-Trades by starting at least one game at four different positions. Yes, he saw action at left end and right guard on offense. He also played four games at defensive left end and five more games at linebacker. Despite his contributions, the Wolverines had another sub-par season. For the second time in three years, Michigan ended the season with a final record of 4-6-0.

So, Rocky Rosema finished his career with three varsity letter, but not enough wins. He played on two losing teams and only one winning team. Michigan posted a record of 14 wins and 16 losses from 1965 to 1967.  Rosema went on to play for a few years in the National Football League.

Please take a moment to appreciate Rocky Rosema’s contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. I hope he has a very Happy Birthday on his special day today. Go Blue!


Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 4, 2018

Michigan has only “postponed” one home game in 138 years. Why did they re-schedule a game at Michigan Stadium in 1963?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 4, 2018 – Death of President John F. Kennedy

The 1963 Michigan vs Ohio State football game was originally scheduled for November 23, 1963. However, it was rescheduled because of the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

“The Game” was rescheduled for November 30, 1963, but a lot of fans just didn’t have the heart to attend. Michigan lost to Ohio State by a score of 10-14 in front of the smallest crowd of the season (36,424).

Michigan finished the 1963 football season with a final record of 3 wins 4 losses and 2 ties. It was a bad ending to a difficult season in Ann Arbor. It was also a sad, and tragic, time in America’s history.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 5, 2018

Who holds the Michigan record for most “punting” yards in a season?


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