1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan

September 16, 2018 all-day

On September 16, 1972, Dennis Franklin started as quarterback for the University of Michigan football team in their season-opening 7-0 victory over Northwestern.

Franklin, the first black quarterback in University of Michigan history, started regularly for the next three seasons, then played one year for the Detroit Lions.

Source: Mich-Again’s Day.

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