48 Days: A Look Back at President Gerald Ford

We are under 50 days until kickoff! As we move closer on our countdown, we will take a look at today’s past player and former President of the United States Gerald Ford.

  • Played center/long snapper and linebacker.
  • Was a member of the 1932 and 1933 national champion Michigan squads. Those teams had a combined record of 15-0-1.
  • former member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
  • Great friends and roommates with Willis Ward.
  • Ford became the only future U.S. President to tackle future Heisman trophy winner Jay Berwanger, running back of University of Chicago.
  • Played on the 1935 Collegiate All-Star game against the Chicago Bears, which they lost 5-0.
  • Graduated in 1935 with a Bachelor’s in Economics, received his Bachelor’s in Law in 1941 from Yale and was top 25% in his class. He was admitted into the Michigan Bar shortly after.
Life after Football
  • After the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ford enlisted into the Navy, where he was a Lieutenant Commander and served until 1946.
  • During his time in the Navy, he received 3 medals-American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 9 campaign medals, and the World War II Victory Medal.
  • After his military service, Ford got into politics in 1948 and represented Michigan’s 5th District. He would serve from 1949 until 1973.
  • Later, he would serve as the House Minority Leader.
  • After the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, Congress approved the appointment of Ford as the next Vice President.
  • President Ford was sworn in on August 9th, 1974 after the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He would serve for 3 years(1974-1977).
Personal Life
  • Gerald Ford was born on July 14th, 1913 to the birth name of Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
  • Born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren(Betty Ford) on October 15th, 1948. They had 4 children: Michael Gerald, John Gardner, Steven Meigs, and Susan Elizabeth.

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TWD Staff

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