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Gerald Ford, College Football Player

A gifted athlete, Gerald Ford played center for the University of Michigan football team. He was a member of the University's national championship football teams in 1932 and 1933, and was voted the team's most valuable player in 1934. On January 1, 1935, he played in the annual East-West College All-Star game in San Francisco. In August 1935, he played center on the college team that lost to the Chicago Bears, 5 to 0, in the 1935 All-Star Football Game.

Ford on the University of Michigan football team

Both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers offered Ford a contract to play professional football, but Ford had decided to pursue a law career and declined both offers. He did, however, accept a position as assistant varsity football coach and coach of the boxing team at Yale University, where he hoped to attend law school. He resigned that job upon being admitted to the Yale Law School in 1938.

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