PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - JACKET SIGNED - HFSID 286338
GERALD FORD University of Michigan jacket, signed in silver sharpie under the school emblem on front Jacked signed: "Gerald Ford". Starter-brand University of Michigan jacket, size "L." Signed in silver sharpie under the school emblem on the left front.
Sale Price $1,870.00
University of Michigan jacket, signed in silver sharpie under the school emblem on front
Jacked signed: "Gerald Ford". Starter-brand University of Michigan jacket, size "L." Signed in silver sharpie under the school emblem on the left front. Gerald Ford (1913-2006) was a center on the University of Michigan's Wolverines during their undefeated 1932 and 1933 national championship seasons. Named MVP in 1935, his senior year, Ford had tackled Jay Berwanger, the winner of the first Heisman Trophy (1935), in 1934, receiving a scar that he would proudly display in his later years. On October 8, 1994, during half-time of a game between the University of Michigan and rival Michigan State, Ford's #48 jersey was the last jersey retired by the University of Michigan, and one of only five ever retired there. Although the press had a field day with Ford's mishaps, playing up several stumbles and an incident of one of his wayward golf balls hitting a spectator, the 38th U.S. President (1974-1977), a former All-American, was one of the most athletic of all U.S. Presidents. After starring at the University of Michigan, Ford received offers from two professional football teams, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, but he opted to study law at Yale after his graduation. There, Ford was a boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach (1935-1940) before receiving his law degree in 1942. He had also taken up golf as a youngster, and his handicap was 12 several times during his life (at the age of 80, Ford carried a 15-17 handicap). He also played tennis and enjoyed skiing. Of course, Ford excelled at politics as well as sport, serving as a US Representative from Michigan (1949-1973), House Minority Leader (1965-1973), Vice President and President (1974-1976). Nominated by President Nixon and confirmed by the Congress after the resignation of Vice President Agnew, he succeeded to the Presidency after Nixon's resignation, and narrowly lost a bid for his own full term in 1976. At his death on December 26, 2006, Ford was the longest-lived former U.S. President, surpassing Ronald Reagan, who also lived to the age of 93. Fine condition.
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