Photoshop Phriday: Jon Falk
Every college football team seems to have one staff member who has been there forever; they remain a constant with the program as coaches and players come and go. For Michigan that person is Jon Falk. Falk retired at the end of the 2013 season following 40 years of dedicated service to Michigan Football as its head equipment manager. He roamed the sidelines for almost 500 games after being hired in 1974 by Bo Schembechler. For a time Falk was the last link in the program to Bo (now former Bo QB Jim Harbaugh is back in town) and for decades he has been an invaluable connection to Michigan Football’s past.
Three and Out by John U. Bacon gave some insight into Falk’s role in the locker room; he was much more than the man to see if you wanted a pair of comfy socks. When former players made their way back to campus their first stop was inevitably to go see Falk and catch up. In 2010 Falk published If These Walls Could Talk, a book covering his time at Michigan. This September he has a new book coming out, Forty Years in the Big House. As equipment manager Falk ran a tight ship; the picture above shows him dutifully guarding some freshly baked herb oil focaccia from Taylor Lewan and Jibreel Black who were looking for a post-game snack.