Don Peterson (American football)

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Don Peterson
Michigan Wolverines
Donald Peterson (American football).jpg
Peterson from the 1952 Michiganensian
Date of birth: c. 1928
Place of birth: Racine, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s): Fullback/Halfback
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
College: University of Michigan
High school: St. Catherine's High School (Racine, Wisconsin)
Organizations
As player:
1948–1951 Michigan
Career highlights and awards
Awards: Most Valuable Player, 1951 Michigan Wolverines football team

Donald W. "Jiggs"[1] Peterson is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1948 to 1951 and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 1951 Michigan Wolverines football team

A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Peterson attended St. Catherine's High School and played football for the St. Catherine's Angels championship football team in 1945.[1]

Peterson, 1951

He later enrolled at the University of Michigan and played football for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1948 to 1951.[2][3][4][5] He played in the 1951 Rose Bowl game and finished the 1951 season as the fourth leading ground gamer in the Big Ten Conference.[6] During the 1951 season, he scored two touchdowns against Iowa and rushed for a career-high 104 yards against Illinois. In his final game for Michigan, Peterson rushed for 70 yards and scored the only touchdown in a 7-0 win over Ohio State.[7] At the end of the 1951 season, he was selected as the Most Valuable Player on the 1951 Michigan Wolverines football team.[6] His older brother, Tom Peterson, played fullback for Michigan in 1944-1949.[6][8] Don was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round (196th overall pick) of the 1952 NFL Draft.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Knights of Columbus Honor Angel Athletes at Banquet". Racine Journal Times. 1953-12-07. 
  2. ^ "1948 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ "1949 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  4. ^ "1950 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  5. ^ "1951 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  6. ^ a b c "Don Peterson Named Most Valuable at U-M". Ironwood Daily Globe (AP story). 1959-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Stops Ohio State and Janowicz". The Sunday Star. 1951-11-25. 
  8. ^ "1948 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  9. ^ "1952 NFL Player Draft". databasefootball.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01.