Michigan football announces rivalry game trophy with Northwestern to honor George Jewett
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football announced future games against Northwestern will now be played for a rivalry trophy named after George Jewett. The George Jewett Trophy is the first rivalry game trophy named for an African American player in FBS history, according to U of M.Jewett played fullback, halfback and kicker for the Wolverines during the 1890 and 1892 seasons. “We are proud to partner with our peer institution, Northwestern, to recognize and honor an African American pioneer in George Jewett. The George Jewett Trophy will become the 16th rivalry game trophy in the Big Ten. The first George Jewett Trophy game will be Oct. 23, 2021, in Ann Arbor.
Michigan football adds trophy game honoring Big Ten’s first Black player
Michigan’s football team will have a new trophy to play for this fall, and this one already has important historical significance. The University of Michigan and Northwestern University have teamed up to establish what the two schools say is the first rivalry game trophy named for a Black football player in Football Bowl Subdivision history. He later transferred to Northwestern in 1893 and played on the school’s football team for two seasons. This will be the third established trophy game for Michigan’s football team, which already plays for the Paul Bunyan Trophy (with Michigan State) and Little Brown Jug (Minnesota). He only had 11.5 career sacks at Michigan, but he has athletic traits that NFL teams crave, which should push him into Round 1.mlive.com