Found October 13, 2012 on Maize & Blue Nation:
Via UM media relations: Ford Recognized as Michigan Football Legend, Linebacker Morgan to Wear No. 48 Jersey ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department officially recognized Gerald Ford as a Michigan Football Legend today (Oct. 13) during a pregame ceremony at the Michigan-Illinois football game. Sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa) will wear the famed No. 48 jersey for the remainder of his career, switching from No. 44. A Michigan Football Legend patch over the left upper chest will be affixed to the No. 48 jersey worn by Morgan and all other future players donning Ford's jersey number. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, was a gridiron standout for the Wolverines in the 1930s. A three-year letterman (1932-34) as a center and linebacker, he was an integral member of Big Ten and national championship teams in 1932 and 1933. A Grand Rapids native, Ford was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 193...
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