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Former Michigan All-American Bob Chappuis Passes Away

One of the best players in college football during his time, former Michigan All-American Bob Chappuis passed away late on Thursday at the age of 89 after being hospitalized earlier in the week.


In addition to finishing second in the Heisman voting and leading the Wolverines to a national title in 1947, Chappuis was widely regarded as one of the few players who helped expand the concept of passing in the modern game. Even as spread offenses and high completion percentages have taken over the sport as we know it, Chappuis' own Big Ten single-season passer rating of 175.3 has yet to be touched in more than 60 years.


A World War II veteran who later went on to play in the All-American Football Conference (AAFC), Chappuis retired in 1950 to a labor relations career. He was already inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988, but the late great Chappuis, who will go down as one of the best University of Michigan athletes of all-time, is expected to be inducted in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame later this fall.