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January 2, 2019 Happy Birthday All-American Dave Gallagher

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post takes a look at the outstanding career of Dave Gallagher. He was another Buckeye (Piqua, Ohio) who saw the light. Instead of going to Ohio State, Gallagher chose came to play for Bo Schembechler’s Michigan Wolverines. Gallagher was born on this day in 1952.

(Note-Dave Gallagher (#71)  is shown above (center of the second row) with the 1973 Michigan Football team. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine Player of the Day: Happy Birthday Dave Gallagher

Dave Gallagher arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1970. Of course, he didn’t play that season because freshman were not allowed to play on the varsity. He took his lumps in practice and probably dished out a few too!

Gallagher earned one start at middle guard in 1971 and he earned his first varsity letter. Michigan finished his first varsity season with a record of 11 wins, 1 loss and 0 ties. They won the conference championship with a perfect record of 8-0-0.

The talented Gallagher started 12 games at defensive tackle in 1972 and earned first team All-Big Ten honors. He helped the Wolverines post a final record of 10 wins and 1 loss. Michigan tied for the Big ten Championship with a record of 7-1-0. 

Dave Gallagher was greatly respected by his fellow players and coaches. In fact, he was so respected that he was elected as a Co-Captain (along with Paul Seal) of the 1973 Michigan Football team. Gallagher started all 11 games and earned All-Conference and All-American honors in 1973.

Dave Gallagher Michigan Football 1973 | gobluefootballhistory.com

Captain Dave Gallagher played on three Big Ten Championship teams and finished his career as a first team All-American in 1973. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Yes, Dave Gallagher was an outstanding player on some great Michigan Football teams. The Wolverines compiled an overall record of 31 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie during the “Gallagher Years.” They were even better in the Big Ten going with a record of 22-1-1 and three Big Ten Championships. Please take a moment to appreciate the outstanding career of Dave Gallagher. I truly hope that Dave Gallagher has a very happy birthday today – Go Blue!



Part II. National Day Calendar Note

In case you missed yesterday’s blog, my wonderful wife got me a great gift for Christmas this year. Actually, she gave me many very nice gifts, again, on December 25th, 2018. However, one of my favorites is the National Day Calendar for 2019. It is a lot like my website because it talks about something different every day.

You probably didn’t know that January 2nd is National Cream Puff Day. So, go out there and find some good cream puffs and enjoy the heck out of them! Yum, Yum! (Remember, you can start your diet tomorrow!) 


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