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September 11, 2020 Happy Birthday Anniversary Herman Everhardus!

Posted on September 10, 2020 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s blog celebrates the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Wolverine named Herman Everhardus! Mr. Everhardus was born on this date in 1912 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He came to Ann Arbor in 1930 to play for Harry Kipke’s Michigan Wolverines.

As usual, this post takes a back seat to the nineteenth anniversary of the terrorist acts that took place on September 11, 2001. That day was one of those days where you remember exactly where you were when you heard the awful news about the tragic events of the day.  Please take a moment to reflect on the lives lost, the families affected and the bravery that was displayed by so many Americans that day. May all the victims Rest In Peace and may we always remember their sacrifice!

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Herman Everhardus

A Wolverine with a Nickname

Herman Everhardus earned a spot on the Michigan varsity in 1931, started one game, and played enough to letter on a Big Ten Championship team. He was named the winner of the Meyer Morton Award after the 1931 season. This honoris given to the player who shows the most improvement during the season and promise for future contributions to Michigan football.

Herman Everhardus, the “Flying Dutchman” was a special player for Harry Kipke’s Wolverines from 1931 to 1933. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

During his final two seasons Everhardus lived up to the promise and earned the nickname “The Flying Dutchman.” Herman Everhardus became a workhorse in the Michigan backfield where he started thirteen games at left halfback from 1932 to 1933. He also handled some of the punting and placekicking duties. He was a key performer on three of Harry Kipke’s best teams. The Wolverines posted an exemplary record of 23 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties with Everhardus on the roster. More importantly, they won two consecutive national championships (1932 and 1933) and three straight Big Ten titles during that time (1931-1933).

A Wolverine With an All-American, All-Big Ten and Team MVP Resume

Herman Everhardus distinguished himself from 1931 to 1933 and earned some significant awards for his stellar play. As mentioned, he won the Meyer Morton Award in 1931 which accurately predicted his bright future on the Michigan football team. The Flying Dutchman capped his Michigan career in outstanding fashion by leading the Big Ten in scoring (64 points) in 1933 and earning first team honors for his outstanding play in conference games. His accomplishments were good enough to earn him second team All-American honors in 1933. Finally, he was selected as the Most Valuable Player on Michigan’s National Champions – quite an honor!

His kicking skills were especially important in Michigan’s unbeaten season in 1933. His successful point after touchdown against Illinois provided the margin of victory in a 7-6 win over the Fighting Illini. (Note-Willis Ward had blocked the Illinois kicker’s PAT attempt earlier in the game.) The next game against Iowa allowed the toe of the “Flying Dutchman” to beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Everhardus kicked a 24-yard field goal and one point-after-touchdown to provide the margin of victory in a 10-6 win.

A Special Wolverine’s Michigan Football “Firsts”

Herman was also connected to some important Michigan Football “firsts.” Here they are:

  • Herman Everhardus played in the first ever game against what is now Central Michigan University in 1931. The Wolverines defeated the Chips by a score of 27-0.
  • Everhardus played on the first Michigan team to win six Big Ten games in the same season in 1932. The Wolverine record of 6-0-0 was good enough to earn the conference championship that season.
  • Herman Everhardus kicked the extra-point that gave Michigan their first ever 7-6 win over Illinois in 1933. (Note-They lost to Illinois by a 6-7 score in 1920.)
  • Everhardus also kicked the extra-point and the field goal that provided the winning margin in Michigan’s only 10-6 win over Iowa in 1933.

One final bit of trivia about this outstanding Michigan Man was his relationship with a fellow named Gerald R. Ford. Mr. Ford and Everhardus met in 1931 when Everhardus was a Sophomore and Ford was a Freshman. Apparently Ford needed a job to help with his college expenses and Everhardus helped him get a job at his fraternity house (Delta Kappa Epsilon). Eventually, they became fraternity brothers. They also shared two other interesting things. First, Everhardus won the Meyer Morton Award in 1931 and Ford won it in 1932. Second, Everhardus won the MVP award in 1933 and Ford won it in 1934.

Herman Everhardus died in July 1980 at the age of sixty-seven. So, on the one hundred-eighth anniversary of the “Flying Dutchman’s” birth, let’s remember him and appreciate his contributions to Michigan football. Rest in Peace Wolverine and thanks for the memories!

For more information on this outstanding Wolverine player and Michigan Man check out the following links:



Part II. Michigan Football Game of the Day: September 11, 2010

Michigan went to South Bend to play Notre Dame in what turned out to be the final season of the Rich Rodriguez Era. The Wolverines returned to Ann Arbor with a 28-24 victory over the Irish. I believe that this was Rich Rod’s biggest win in his short three-year tenure at Michigan.

This game turned out to be the Denard Robinson show at Notre Dame Stadium. The amazing Mr. Robinson passed for 244-yards and 1 touchdown. He also ran for 258-yards and scored two more touchdowns. Fullback Stephen Hopkins had one carry for one yard, but he made it count with Michigan’s second touchdown.

Robinson’s second touchdown run of 87-yards was the game winner and set the record for the longest scrimmage run in Notre Dame Stadium history. Check out this great video from the Michigan Athletic Department.

Part III. September 11, 2020 National Day Calendar Update:

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