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March 28, 2018 Happy Birthday Michigan Man Rob Renes!

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s post is to wish Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Rob Renes. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Rob Renes was born on this day in Holland, Michigan. He grew up to be an outstanding high school football player at West Ottawa High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After high school, he chose to play for Lloyd Carr’s Michigan Wolverines.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Michigan Man Rob Renes

Rob Renes came to Ann Arbor in 1995 and used his freshman year to redshirt. He spent his time getting stronger, learning “Michigan Football” and getting established in the classroom. He was listed on the 1995 Michigan Football Roster as a defensive lineman. Rob came back in 1996 to continue his growth and development at Michigan. He didn’t start any games that season, but he played enough to earn his first of four varsity letters.

After playing a small role on the 1996 team, Lloyd Carr decided that it was time for Rob Renes to step up. Boy, did he ever! Rob started all twelve games in Michigan’s perfect season in 1997. He became a big part of Michigan’s punishing defense. Of course, the Wolverines wona share of the National Championship that year and also claimed the Big Ten Title. Rob earned the Dr. Arthur Robinson Award in 1997 for his outstanding work in the classroom. It was a BIG year for Michigan and for Rob Renes.

Rob Renes Michigan Football 1999 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Rob Renes served as a Michigan Co-Captain in 1999. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Rob continued to work hard in the classroom and in the weight room to get ready for the 1998 season. Michigan was not able to defend their national title, but they did win another Big Ten Championship in 1998. The Wolverines ended the season with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. They finished with a mark of 7-1-0 in the Big Ten. Rob Renes earned his second Robinson Award for his scholarly achievements and also won the Kick Katcher Award for his outstanding line play.

Rob Renes was honored by his teammates in 1999 by being named a Michigan Football Captain along with Tom Brady and Steve Hutchinson. The Wolverines continued to play excellent football in 1999 and finished with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Their conference record slipped little (6-2-0) which resulted in a tie for second place. Rob Renes won his second Katcher Award in 1999. His stellar play also earned him first team All-Conference, All-American and Academic All-American honors. Wow – not too many Michigan football players have excelled in the classroom and on the field like Rob Renes!

The Wolverines played some outstanding football when Michigan Man Rob Renes was the starting Nose Tackle.  Michigan’s overall record during the “Renes Years” was 32 wins and 5 losses which works out to a winning percentage of just over eighty-six percent (.864). The Wolverines were even better in Big Ten play during this period. They posted a record of 21-3-0 which worked out to a winning rate of just over eighty-seven percent (.875). Oh, by the way, Michigan won a national championship (1997) and two conference championships (1997, 1998) and finished second in 1999.

Michigan Man Rob Renes was fortunate to be part of some outstanding football teams at Michigan. He also experienced a number of “Michigan Football Firsts” while playing for the Wolverines:

  • Played on the Lloyd Carr’s first Big Ten Championship team in 1997.
  • Rob was a key player on the first, and only, Michigan team to post a perfect record of 12-0-0 and win a National Championship.
  • Renes played in the first game ever against Arkansas in Michigan’s 45-31 Citrus Bowl win on January 1, 1999.
  • Played in the first game ever against Rice on 9/11/1999. Michigan won the game 37-3.
  • Rob played in the first overtime game in Michigan Football History when the Wolverines defeated Alabama (35-34) in the 2000 Orange Bowl.
  • Renes is the only player in Michigan Football History to win the Dr. Arthur Robinson Award (1997 and 1998) and the Dick Katcher Award (1998 and 1999) twice in a career. Very impressive!

The Rob Renes story is a tribute to hard work and team play. He did everything that Lloyd Carr and his coaches asked him to and it paid off for him and for Michigan.  Michigan Man Rob Renes left Ann Arbor with his head held high. He is one of the most decorated Wolverines to ever play on the Wolverine Defensive Line. Congratulations to Rob Renes for his outstanding contributions to the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Rob. Please have a very Maize and Blue Happy birthday today! Go Blue!

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Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – March 27, 2018

Harry Kipke’s Michigan Football team won the Big Ten Championship in 1931. They were invited to play in the 1932 Rose Bowl. Why didn’t they play in the 1932 Rose Bowl?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day – March 27, 2018 –  Big Ten Rules

The Big Ten Conference hasn’t always embraced bowl games. Of course, this was before the conference leaders figured out how much money was involved. However, in 1931, the conference didn’t have a clue and they had some conference policies in effect that prohibited Big Ten teams from participating in post-season bowl games.

Michigan, was out of the conference from 1907 to 1916, but they were full-fledged members again in 1931. So, Michigan declined the invitation to the Rose Bowl in January 1932.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – March 28, 2018

Who was the first man to lead Michigan in tackles for four consecutive years?



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