U-M And Northwestern Football Honor Their First Black Letterman With New Rivalry Trophy

Feb 25, 2021

George Jewett (center) with his U-M football team.
Credit Bentley Historical Library / bentley.umich.edu

In the late 19th Century, George Jewett came to the University of Michigan to play football.  He would later continues his playing career at Northwestern University.  It wasn't long before he cemented his place in academic and athletic history, and now, there will be a new trophy named in his honor.  David Fair speaks to Jewett's great-grandson, WEMU jazz host Michael Jewett, about the personal and historical significance of this announcement.


"Celebrating George Jewett: A look at the achievements of Michigan’s first African American football letterman."

U-M Press Release: "Michigan and Northwestern Establish George Jewett Trophy"

Northwestern Press Release: "Northwestern, Michigan Establish George Jewett Trophy"


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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu