Today’s post celebrates the Wolverine career of Michigan Man Andree A. McIntyre.who went to Rest in Peace on February 20, 2019. Bo Schembechler recruited the talented McIntyre out of Mendel Catholic High School on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. I was a season ticket holder when Andree played his last three years and he was one of my favorite Wolverines. He wasn’t the fastest linebacker on the squad. Yes, sometimes he had trouble in coverage at times. However, he hit like a ton of bricks and stopped most tailbacks, and many fullbacks, dead in their tracks!
(Note-Andree McIntyre (#54) is shown above with the 1987 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the second row – fifth man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Andree McIntyre arrived on the Michigan campus in time for fall practice in 1983. As it turned out, he spent that season learning the Michigan system and getting off to a good start academically. He burned his red-shirt in 1983.
Andree did not earn any starts in 1984 or 1985, but he played enough to earn two letters. Yes, Andree McIntyre contributed greatly to the success of the 1985 Wolverine football program. Michigan finished with a final record of 10-1-1 and won the 1986 Fiesta Bowl. Interestingly, they finished second in the Big Ten and second in the nation in the final Associated Press and United Press International. Football ranking polls. It was the first and only time that has happened for a Michigan football team!
The 1986 season would be McIntyre’s best at Michigan for a number of reasons. First, he started nine games. Second, the Wolverines won eleven out of thirteen games. Finally, they won a share of the Big Ten Championship that year with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.
Michigan had not won a conference championship since 1982. So, the Class of 1987 was in danger of being Bo’s first class not to win at least a share of one conference title. That’s why the 1986 football season was so important to Bo and everyone else on the team, including Andree McIntyre. He came to Michigan to become a champion and that’s what happened!
As it turned out, 1987 season was a letdown for Michigan and Andree McIntyre. He had some injuries that limited him to only three starts. The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 8 wins, and 4 losses. They underachieved in the conference and finished with a final record of 5 wins and 3 losses which earned them a fourth-place finish.
Overall, Andree A. McIntyre had a solid career at The University of Michigan. He earned four varsity letters and played on a Big Ten Champion team in 1986. He also was part of some interesting Michigan Football “firsts” during his time in Ann Arbor. Here are the best ones I could find:
· Andree McIntyre played in the first ever games against Miami of Florida and BYU in 1984.
· McIntyre also played in the first ever game against Maryland in 1985.
· Andree McIntyre also played in the first ever game “under the lights” in November 1985 against Ohio State in the Big House.
· McIntyre played in the first ever games against Florida State, Hawaii and Arizona State in 1986.
· Finally, Andree also played in the first ever games against Long Beach State and and Alabama during the 1987 season.
I did not see anything on Andree’s death on any University of Michigan websites. However, his brother Eddie contacted me yesterday to share the sad news. I will always remember him as a BIG man with a BIGGER heart and a really BIG smile.My favorite memory for Andree was a Michigan Replay locker room interview after the Wolverine won the Big Ten Championship in 1986. He told the reporter that he was so happy to be a “Champion” just like Bo promised him! Andree was a proud Michigan Man and a “Champion” for life. May Andree McIntyre Rest in Peace. Go Blue!
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