UM football legend Albert Wistert dies at 95

The Detroit News
Albert Wistert

Albert Wistert, one of the greatest players in University of Michigan football history, has died at age 95, the university announced Saturday night.

Wistert, a tackle for the Wolverines in the 1940s, was one of the famed football-playing Wistert brothers at Michigan. The others were Alvin and Francis. All three were tackles and wore No. 11, they were all named All-Americans, and all are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Wistert brothers were honored by the Michigan football program in 2012 and the No. 11 was designated a “Michigan Football Legends” jersey. The No. 11 was officially retired in 2015 and it will no longer be worn on the field.

Albert Wistert sent Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh a video about the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry ahead of the game this past season. Harbaugh showed it to his players for inspiration.

"Got an incredible video this week from one of the Wistert brothers, 95 years old, how about that?” Harbaugh said in October. “People say you're going to think about this, you're going to remember it for a long time, and he took the time to send the team a video that I can't wait to show the fellas. That speaks volumes right there to me. Maybe that's what it's all about -- you're going to remember it for a long time. It's the players' time and I'm excited to watch them compete for both sides, all players in the game that step out there. It's their time to have at it."

Albert Wistert, who was born in Chicago in 1920, went on to an NFL career that lasted from 1943-51. He was an eight-time All-Pro for the Eagles, won two NFL championships (1948-49) and was inducted into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame in 2009.

Michigan’s record during Albert Wistert’s three years (1940-42) on the team was 20-5-1. He was inducted into the UM Athletic Hall of Honor in 1981.

Francis Wistert died in 1985 and Alvin Wistert passed away in 2005.