Today is a good day to wish Happy Birthday to a Michigan football player named Edward J. Hood. According to the 1983 Michigan Football Media Guide, Edward J. “Ed” Hood was born on this day in Dearborn, Michigan. He attended Utica Eisenhower High School and earned All-Conference honors in 1981. Hood was also named the Most Valuable Defensive Player on his football team in his senior year.
(Note – Edward J. Hood (#28) is shown above with the 1985 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the fourth row – first man on the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan. Yes, this is not a great photo, but it is the best one I could find.)
Edward J. Hood got accepted to Michigan and he decided that he would extend his football career. Although he was not listed on the Michigan Football Roster in 1982, Ed Hood’s name showed up in 1983. He was listed as a sophomore defensive back. Ed did not earn any starts, or playing time, in 1983. So, he did not letter in his first season on Bo’s varsity.
The 1984 season was a lot like the 1983 season for Ed Hood. He kept showing up for practice and kept working at his craft. He may have been getting better, but Michigan had some pretty good defensive backs in those days. Guys like Garland Rivers, Brad Cochran, Ivan Hicks and Tony Gant started every game. So, Ed Hood just kept plugging away.
Ed Hood’s persistence and dedication finally paid off in 1985. He didn’t earn any starts, but he did earn his first varsity letter for sticking with Bo’s program.
Although he didn’t make hundreds of tackles or pick off a ton of passes, Edward J. Hood stayed and became a “Michigan Man,” just like Bo promised.
So, today is a good day to remember the contributions of Ed Hood to the long history of Michigan Football. He is one more reason why Michigan Wolverine Football is the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Edward J. Hood and Go Blue!
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