Photoshop Phriday: Albert Wistert
Michigan football fans in the 1930s and 40s witnessed quite a family dynasty. The Wistert brothers – Francis, Albert, and Alvin – were each All-American offensive tackles at Michigan. Albert came to Michigan in 1940, about a decade after his brother Francis (Alvin would follow in 1947). Like each of his brothers Albert wore number 11 and quickly made a name for himself at Michigan. He was the MVP in 1942 on a Michigan team led by Fritz Crisler. Albert wasn’t just a standout at Michigan, he had a national presence. In 1943 he captained the College All-Stars in the Chicago College All-Star Game, an annual event from 1934-1976 that pitted the top college stars against the reigning NFL champions.
I was amazed that this type of event was ever a thing and while I couldn’t find footage of Albert’s team I did find video from the 1958 (All-Stars beat the Lions), 1961, and 1975 contests. After leaving Michigan Albert had a stellar nine year career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a consistent All-Pro selection and won two NFL titles with the Eagles in 1948 and ’49. Albert’s #70 jersey was retired by the Eagles in recognition of his career. Sadly Albert passed away last week at the age of 95. He was the only Wistert brother still living and had made a few recent trips to Ann Arbor, notably for the 2012 enshrinement of #11 as a ‘Legends’ jersey. While at Michigan Albert finished every practice with a large helping of grissini and continued to enjoy them for years to come.