11 Days: A Look Back At All-American Alvin Wistert

With only 11 days left until the first game of the 2016 season, we look back at All-American and Marine, Alvin “Moose” Wistert. The Chicago native was the last of the three Wistert brothers to play for the University of Michigan from 1947 and 1949. Below are his impressive highlights and achievements.

  • He began his collegiate football career at age 30 following 12 years of working in a factory and serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
  • Wistert spent one semester at Boston University and played for the school’s football team as a 30-year-old freshman.
  • He transferred to Michigan and played at the defensive tackle position¬†from 1947 to 1949.
  • He played on the undefeated 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team that became known as “The Mad Magicians”, and is considered to be the greatest Michigan football team of all time.
  • As a¬†junior, Wistert was selected as a consensus All-American while playing for the undefeated 1948 Michigan team that finished the season ranked #1 in the Associated Press poll.
  • After the 1948 season, Wistert was unanimously chosen as the team captain of the 1949 team.
  • Was an All-American in 1948 and 1949.
  • He also holds the distinction of being the oldest college football player ever selected as an All-American in 1949 at age 33.
  • He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 as the third Wistert brother.
  • In 1981, he was also inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in the fourth class of inductees alongside his two brothers. Only five Michigan football players earned this honor before him.

Life After Football

  • After graduating from Michigan, Wistert worked in the insurance business. In 1950, he was employed as a general agent for Federal Life & Casualty in Ann Arbor.
  • He later worked as a manufacturer’s representative. In November 1982, the 66-year-old Wistert was working as a sales representative for Owens-Illinois.
  • He lived in Northville, Michigan in his later years and died on October, 3 2005 at age 89.

Go Blue!

David Noe