Our Michigan Wolverine of the Day today is a man named Milo Sukup. Mr. Milo Frederick Sukup lettered on three Michigan teams from 1938 to 1940. He went to rest in peace on this day in 1983 at the age of sixty-five.
Milo Sukup was an outstanding high school athlete at Muskegon Heights High School in Muskegon, Michigan. He earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He earned all-state honors in football and basketball. Milo was a pile-driving fullback who played on three straight state championship football teams. Wow – that’s quite a resume!
(Note-Milo Sukup (second man from right in the second row) is shown above with the 1940 Michigan Football team. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Milo Sukup arrived in Ann Arbor in 1937 to play in the last season of the Harry Kipke Era. Of course, freshman didn’t start in those days. So, Sukup, who was listed as a halfback, learned as much as he could and looked forward to the 1938 season.
Milo Sukup was listed as a guard on the 1938 Michigan Football team. At 5 feet and 8 inches tall and 176 pounds, he was not a big man. He didn’t start any games in 1938, but he learned how to play in Fritz Crisler’s intricate Single Wing Offense. After All-American,and two-time team MVP, guard Ralph Heikinen graduated, Sukup started for his last two seasons.
The gritty Sukup started all eight games in 1939 and four more in 1938. Sadly, Milo Sukup’s career came to a premature end when he took a shot to the head in the fourth game of his senior season against Illinois. He was knocked unconscious from the blow to the head and spent a few days in the hospital. Just like that, his career was over.
Yes, he was an “unsung” hero on the Michigan offensive line. He threw a ton of blocks for more famous players like Tom Harmon, Forest Evashevski, Paul Kromer and Bob Westfall. Milo was a solid player on some very good Michigan teams with some very famous players.
So, today is a good day to remember Michigan Man Milo Sukup and appreciate his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. Go Blue!
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