Auer from the 1931 Michiganensian
|Date of birth:||January 9, 1908|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, Michigan|
|Date of death:||November 1985|
|Place of death:||Florida|
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Howard Joseph "Howie" Auer (January 9, 1908 – November 1985) was an American football player. He played for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1929–1931 and for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in 1933.
Auer was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1908 and attended high school in Bay City, Michigan. He enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1928 and played football for Harry Kipke in his first three seasons as the Wolverines head football coach. As a sophomore in 1929, Auer was the starting tackle in seven of nine games played by the Wolverines. In 1930, injuries limited Auer to four games as a starter on the undefeated (8–0–1) 1930 Michigan team that tied for the Big Ten Conference championship. As a senior in 1931, he was a starting tackle in eight of Michigan's nine games and was part of another Big Ten co-championship team. At the end of the 1931 season, sports writer Hank Casserly picked Auer as a first-team player on his All-Big Ten team and explained the selection of Auer as follows:
"Auer of Michigan, a greatly underrated tackle, gets the other post on the first team. He was a consistent performer during every game and stole the show from his other rivals during the closing games of the season. Even in the Ohio State game, in which Michigan was outplayed, Auer stood out. He was a powerhouse on both offense and defense, and blocked tackles, ends, and guards, with equal ease and was one of the reasons why the Wolverines had the greatest all around line in the Western conference."
- "1929 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
- "1930 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
- "1931 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
- Hank Casserly (1931-12-06). "Kabat Lone Badger on First Big Ten Eleven: Michigan Places Four Men on First Team; Ohio State, Northwestern Two Each". Capital Times.
- "Cramer Only Ohio State Player To Get Place On UP All Big Ten Eleven". The Chronicle Telegram - Elyria, Ohio. 1931-11-24.
- "Social Security Death Index". rootsweb.ancestry.com.