Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Johnny Maulbetsch

Johnny Maulbetsch


  • Position: Fullback
  • School: Adrian, Michigan
  • High School: Ann Arbor, MI (Ann Arbor HS)
  • Years: 1911, 1914-1916
  • Inducted: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Date of Birth: Jun 20, 1890
  • Place of Death: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Date of Death: Sep 14, 1950
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 153

Member Biography

John Maulbetsch, Michigan's 153-pound "Featherweight Fullback" earned Walter Camp's All-America recognition as a sophomore in 1914. Maulbetsch was a handsome, gentle personality who brought a finesse style of play to those days of rugged football tactics. His greatness came from a unique dedication and desire to play the game. As a Wolverine captain and a senior in 1916, Maulbetsch led Michigan to one of its finest records. The Wolverines won 7 straight games, dominating their foes with wide-open offense and a stingy defense. Then, in the final two games of the campaign, Michigan grudgingly fell to Cornell (23-20) and Pennsylvania (10-7). Even today, Michigan football enthusiasts recall the special spirit Maulbetsch brought to the game. Following each spring practice, the John Maulbetsch Award is presented to the freshman candidate who best displays the desire Maulbetsch fostered during his playing days. Maulbetsch was born June 20, 1890 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He played on the 1911 team at Adrian College; the team posted an 8-0 record. He enrolled at Michigan and played three years, 1914-16. He served as coach at Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) from 1921-28. His best team, in 1924, had a 6-1-2 record. He coached Marshall from 1929-30. Maulbetsch died September 14, 1950.