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Johnny Maulbetsch


John Frederick Maulbetsch

Inducted 1973

Date of Birth



Ann Arbor, MI


University of Michigan (1914-1916)

Adrian College (1911-1911)


John Maulbetsch, Michigan's 153-pound "Featherweight Fullback" earned Walter Camp's All-America recognition as a sophomore in 1914. Maulbetsch was a handsome, gentle personality who brought a finesse style of play to those days of rugged football tactics. As a Wolverine captain and a senior in 1916, the Wolverines won seven straight games, dominating their foes with wide-open offense and a stingy defense. Then, in the final two games of the campaign, Michigan grudgingly fell to Cornell (23-20) and Pennsylvania (10-7). Even today, Michigan football enthusiasts recall the special spirit Maulbetsch brought to the game. Following each spring practice, the John Maulbetsch Award is presented to the freshman candidate who best displays the desire Maulbetsch fostered during his playing days. Maulbetsch played on the 1911 team at Adrian College posting an 8-0 record. He enrolled at Michigan and played three years, 1914-16. He served as coach at Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) 1921-28. His best team, in 1924, had a 6-1-2 record. He coached Marshall 1929-30.


Height 5'9

Weight 153

Career Highlights

  • 1916 Second Team All-America
  • 1915 Second Team All-America
  • 1914 Consensus All-America
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