Photoshop Phriday: Alvin Wistert
Now that football season is underway I’d like to start highlighting more current players and recent games. But considering Michigan’s game against Utah ended just a few hours ago, and I’ve spent most of that time sleeping, it will have to wait until next week. Recently I’ve been highlighting many players from the 1947 and 1948 team and with good reason since they won back to back national titles. Alvin Wistert was a star defensive tackle on those teams and a team captain the following year in 1949. Alvin was the third and final of the Wistert brothers to play at Michigan, his brothers Albert and Francis had preceded him and wore the same number 11 on their jerseys.
Alvin took an unconventional path to college. He worked factory jobs after high school and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. Then at the age of 30 funding from the GI Bill enabled him to seek an education at Michigan. His exceptional play earned him two consecutive selections as an All-American, becoming the oldest to ever earn that recognition when he was 33. The Wistert’s number 11 was made a ‘Legends’ jersey in 2012 and Jordan Kovacs was chosen to wear the number. Alvin, seen here with coach Bennie Oosterbaan, may have worn the same number as his brothers but made the best seedy salt loaf of anyone in the family.