Michigan Wolverines-Northwestern Wildcats add trophy to their Big 10 football rivalry
(AP) — The Big Ten is adding a 16th trophy game in football to honor the first Black man to play in the league.
Northwestern and Michigan will meet for the George Jewett Trophy this fall, the schools announced Thursday. Jewett played football at both schools in the 1890s.
Jewett was a standout high school athlete in Ann Arbor and went on to play for the Wolverines in the 1890 and 1892 seasons. He starred as a fullback and halfback and also was the team’s main kicker.
He left Michigan for Northwestern in 1893 to finish his medical degree. He lettered and starred in football for the Wildcats for two seasons.