A college football great has unfortunately passed away today.
Tennessee’s football program announced on Twitter that program legend John Michels has died at the age of 87.
Michels, a former All-American, is considered one of the top blockers in the history of the program.
Considered one of the finest blockers in program history, #VFL John Michels passed away on Thursday.
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the Michels family at this time.https://t.co/miv9zsL9Av
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 10, 2019
Michels, who wore No. 38, was a 1952 consensus All-American and a two-time All-SEC First Team selection at offensive guard. He helped lead the Vols to the consensus national championship and a 10-0 regular season in 1951. The Vols’ offense rushed for 3,068 yards (306.8 yards per game) and 40 touchdowns – both school records – in 1951.
During his senior season in 1952, Michels was awarded the Jacobs Trophy, given to the SEC’s best blocker. In his three years of varsity football, Tennessee compiled a record of 29-4-1.
His bio in the 1952 Tennessee football media guide stated Michaels was “considered by the coaching staff to be the finest offensive guard in Tennessee football history.”
Rest in peace, John.