Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Benny Friedman

Benny Friedman


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Michigan
  • High School: Cleveland, OH (East Technical HS)\rCleveland, OH (Glenville HS)
  • Years: 1924-1926
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
  • Date of Birth: Mar 18, 1905
  • Place of Death: New York, NY
  • Date of Death: Nov 23, 1982
  • Jersey Number: 27
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 172

Member Biography

It was 1926, and Michigan was battling for the Big Ten championship when the Wolverines were trailing Ohio State 10-0 early in their conference showdown. Coach Fielding Yost suddenly decided to unleash the air attack of two great Hall of Famers, quarterback Benny Friedman and end Bennie Oosterbaan. With Oosterbaan making circus catches off Friedman's soft throws, Michigan roared from behind to win, 17-16. The Wolverines defeated Minnesota 7-6, the following weekend to clinch the league crown and complete a 7-1 season which was marred only by a 10-0 loss to powerful Navy. "He never makes a mistake", Yost said while watching Friedman capture All America honors in 1925 and 1926. He had poise and remarkable ability. The strapping, handsome son of a Cleveland, Ohio tailor, Friedman went on to play professional football, first in his hometown of Cleveland and then in Detroit before finishing up his career in New York for six seasons with the gridiron Giants and Dodgers. Friedman hated to lose, and his combativeness, wild inventiveness and determination to win drew thousands of fans Sunday after Sunday. In all of his years as a player, college or pro, Friedman never suffered an injury and never missed a game.