Bob Chappuis dies at 89

Updated: June 15, 2012, 10:24 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former Michigan star Bob Chappuis, the 1948 Rose Bowl MVP and a College Football Hall of Famer, died Thursday at the age of 89.

Chappuis had been hospitalized at the University of Michigan Hospital after falling earlier this week.

A quarterback and halfback with the Wolverines, Chappuis started his college career in 1942 before leaving school to fight in World War II. He served as an aerial gunner and radio operator on B-25 bombers before being shot down over Italy in his 21st mission, according to an obituary on MGoBlue.com.

Chappuis returned to Michigan in 1946 and played two more seasons, finishing second in the 1947 Heisman Trophy voting to Notre Dame quarterback John Lujack. He led the Wolverines to an undefeated season in 1947 and a national championship.

Chappuis is the Big Ten single season-record holder with a 175.3 passer rating. He also holds the Michigan record for yards per completion at 18.8.

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