With 46 days until the 2016 Michigan football season, we look back at All-American Harry Newman. The Detroit native had an impressive career with the following highlights and achievements:
- In three years at Michigan, the Wolverines lost only one game, won three Big Ten Conference championship, and had a combined record of 24–1–2.
- As a senior in 1932, Newman led the team to an undefeated season and national championship, as he played 437 out of 480 minutes of game time in Michigan’s eight games.
- In 1932, Newman was a unanimous first-team All-American, and the recipient of the Douglas Fairbanks Trophy as Outstanding College Player of the Year, Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year Award, and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference.
- Career history- New York Giants (1933–1935), Brooklyn/Rochester Tigers (1936–1937)
- NFL champion (1934)
- First-team All-NFL (1933)
- Second-team All-NFL (1934)
- NFL passing yards leader (1933)
- NFL passing touchdowns leader (1933)
- Career NFL statistics
Passing yards: 1,496
Rushing attempts: 336
Rushing yards: 1,086
Rushing touchdowns: 6
Player stats at NFL.com
Newman received numerous honors and accolades, including the following:
- The Recipient of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference in 1932.
- Unanimous choice as an All-American in 1932.
- Douglas Fairbanks Trophy as Outstanding College Player of the Year (predecessor of the Heisman Trophy), Douglas Fairbanks Trophy, 1932.
Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year Award, 1932 and 1933.
- Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
- Inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 1983.
- Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
- Selected in 2005 as one of the 100 greatest Michigan football players of all time by the “Motown Sports Revival,” ranking 12th on the all-time team.
- Newman later became an executive with Ford Motor Company and owned Ford dealerships in Detroit and Denver.
Harty passed away on May 2, 2000 in Las Vegas. His impressive playing career filled many achievement and work in the automotive industry is the reason we recognized him in the countdown to kickoff.