37 Days: A Look Back At All-American Jarret Irons

With only 37 days from the return of Michigan football, we look back at All-American Jarret Irons. The Midland, Texas native was a linebacker with a successful Michigan football career with the following highlights and achievements:


  • He was the fifth player to be named Michigan Wolverines football captain as a junior.
  • He was named an All-American by the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association in 1996.
  • He finished his career at Michigan with 453 tackles, at that time second most in Michigan history.
  • Irons led the team in tackles as a Freshman (2nd Wolverine to do so) and as a Junior.
  • As a senior, he finished second in tackles to Sam Sword and as a sophomore he finished second to Steve Morrison.
  • In 1995, he was co-captain with Joe Marinaro. In 1996, he was co-captain with Rod Payne.
  • He was selected to the All-Big Ten Conference team in 1995 and 1996.
  • As as senior, he was selected as a consensus first-team linebacker on the 1996 College Football All-America Team.
  • At the end of his collegiate career, Irons held Michigan’s career tackles record.

He tried the NFL with Arizona, but ended back in Ann Arbor to complete his graduate degree.

Jarret has several family members that have been associated with college football and the NFL. HeĀ is the older brother of Grant Irons and son of Gerald Irons both of whom are National Football League veterans. His older brother Gerald, Jr. played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. His younger cousins once removed David Irons and Kenny Irons are also professional football players in the NFL. From another line of younger cousins Paul Irons played in the NFL.

Go Blue!

David Noe