Last week (before our little insignificant corner of the Michigan blogosphere was invaded by the Determiner's Army of correct fandom) I was in a presidential mood and posted a wallpaper of former football captain Gerald Ford. I was educated by one of our new posters named GoBlueChuck27 about the former Michigan All-American Chuck Bernard. To be honest up until this point he was just another guy on our long All-American list. As a result, I did some quick research.
As it turns out, Chuck was basically a stud. He was a star for the Benton Harbor Tigers. He came to Ann Arbor and was a true 60 minute player, a two time All American and won two National Titles. He also played a season in the NFL for the 1934 Detroit Lions were he was a center, kicker, punter, kick returner and punt returner. I am hoping that GoBlueChuck27 can tell me why he only played in the NFL one year.
However, he is most famous for keeping future President Ford on the Michigan Stadium sidelines for 2 seasons. When asked in his later years about his greatest regret in life, Ford thought for a moment and said: "Well, I wanted to play more football as a sophomore and junior, but one year ahead of me, Michigan also had an All-American center, Chuck Bernard. I was the better offensive center, but Chuck was 25 pounds heavier and better on defense. And in those days a coach played one guy. So that was my great regret." The interviewer asked, "But, Mr. President, what about losing the election in '76?" Ford laughed and said, "Oh, well, that too."