79 Days: A Look Back at Jeff Backus

With 79 days until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we recognize Jeff Backus. The Michigan native was part of the 1997 National Championship team as an offensive tackle and below are some of his playing highlights and achievements:

High School

  • As a senior, he was a USA Today All-America selection, and was wchosen by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as the Gwinnett Touchdown Club’s Lineman of the year.


  • Player from 1997 to 2001 and was the starting left tackle as a freshman for all 12 of the games that the Wolverines played during their National Title season in ’97.
  • He started all 49 games during his time with the program.


  • In July 2001, He signed a $7 million 5-year contract with the Lions, including a $3.2 million signing bonus.
  • On July 2006, Jeff Backus signed a $40 million 6-year contract with the Lions.
  • On November 22, 2012, Backus’ streak of starting and playing in 186 consecutive games ended due to injury.
  • On March 14, 2013, Backus retired.

After retiring, Backus became a part-time coaching intern with the Detroit Lions. In 2015, Backus joined Maven Development as a Chief Project Manager.

Go Blue!

David Noe

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