Photoshop Phriday: Jon Jansen
In recent years Jake Long and Taylor Lewan have worn #77 and led distinguished careers as Michigan offensive tackles. Each was following the strong example of Jon Jansen who was a staple of Michigan’s offensive line beginning in the mid 1990s. Jansen started an impressive 50 career games at right tackle for the Wolverines and was a part of the 1997 National Championship team. Michigan’s offensive success can of course partly be contributed to his pass and run protection that earned him a first team All-American selection as a senior. In addition to being a two-time captain he was also selected to receive the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, a top conference honor given to recognize “the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work”.
Jansen is one of few former Michigan players that I knew from his NFL accomplishments before his college ones. Jansen was drafted in 1999 by the Washington Redskins and growing up in Maryland I was always moderately aware of the team (I’ve never had much of an interest in the NFL but it is hard to avoid). He started the first 82 games he played for the Redskins, an entire 5 seasons. Jansen stayed with the Redskins through 2008 and then played for the Detroit Lions in 2009. These days you can listen to Jansen as a member of the radio crew for Michigan football games or find him excitedly sharing some cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread on the sidelines (Photo credit Paul Wong).