Today’s post celebrates the “Happy Birthday” of a Wolverine named Larry Foote. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Lawrence Edward “Larry” Foote, Jr. was born on this day at Detroit, Michigan. Larry grew up to be an outstanding athlete at Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan. He was good enough to earn many college scholarship offers, but smart enough to take the one from Coach Lloyd Carr and Michigan.
Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Larry Foote
Larry Foote arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1998. He was big enough, strong enough and smart enough to play as a true freshman. Larry made tackles in five games in 1998 and earned his first varsity letter at the end of the season. The Wolverines posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in 1998 and won a share of the Big Ten Championship.
Foote returned for his Sophomore year in 1999. He was ready for a bigger role and that’s exactly what happened. Larry started four games at defensive tackle and also played linebacker. He recorded at least one tackle in eleven games and totaled twenty-nine for the season. Larry Foote earned his second varsity letter and played on a team that finished with 10 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines posted a record of 6-2 in conference play which was only good enough for a second-place tie.
Larry Foote was back for his third season in 2000. Once again, he increased his productivity and carved out a larger role in the Michigan defense. Coach Carr decided that Foote would be his starting inside linebacker for the 2000 season. During his twelve starts, Larry made a career high 84 tackles (54 solo and 30 assists). Of course, he earned his third varsity letter and helped Michigan earn another share of the Big Ten Title. Foote also earned All-Conference honors at the end of the season. The Wolverines posted an overall record of 9 wins and 3 losses and finished at 6-2 in the conference.
The talented Foote had high expectations for his senior season in 2001. The good news is that he had an outstanding season (82 more tackles) including a record-setting 7 tackles for loss (TFL) at Iowa. He also tied Mark Messner’s season record for TFLs at 26 which is still second best-ever in Wolverine Football History. Larry Foote was named a first team All-American at the end of the season and also repeated as a first team All-Big Ten performer. Oh, by the way, he also won the Roger Zatkoff Award as Michigan’s top linebacker in 2001.
The news wasn’t quite as good for Michigan in 2001. The Wolverines slipped to a final record of 8 wins and 4 losses. Michigan ended the Big Ten season with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses which earned them a second-place finish.
Larry Foote, left Michigan as an All-American with 28 starts, 4 varsity letters, 2 Big Ten Championship rings, and 2 first team All-Conference recognitions from the Big Ten. Yes, he had an excellent career and left Ann Arbor with his head held very high!
Foote went on to enjoy a thirteen-year NFL career with a number of teams. He is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion. Today is certainly a great day to appreciate his contributions to the great history that is – Michigan Football. Happy Birthday to Larry Foote and Go Blue!
Part II. Trivia Question of the Day: June 11, 2018
Who was the first placekicking specialist to lead Michigan in scoring for three seasons?
Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day June 11, 2018 Mike Gillette
Mike Gillette, one of the most consistent placekickers in Michigan Football History knew how to get points on the board. In fact, he was so successful at it that he led the team in scoring in 1985 with 78 points. He led the team again in 1986 to lead the Wolverines with 59 points. Running back Jamie Morris led the team in 1987 with 90 points (on 15 touchdowns). Gillette came back for his best season in 1998 with 97 points. He actually scored 1 touchdown, 18 field goals and 37 points- after-touchdowns (PATs) to rack up his impressive total.
Part III. Trivia Question of the Day: June 12, 2018
Who is the first Wolverine to score 100 points in back-to-back seasons?
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