Bennie Oosterbaan is the definition of a Michigan Football Legend. He was the first , and one of only two 3-time all-americans in Michigan Football history. Would have been a 4-timer if freshmen were allowed to play back then.
Bennie was part of the famed, Benny to Bennie combination. The tandem of QB Benny Friedman to Bennie Oosterbaan gave defenses nightmares. Oosterbaan played in the first game in Michigan Stadium in 1927 against ohio wesleyan. He was the star of the Dedication Game against ohio in 1927 as well. Bennie was also a star on the hardwood and the baseball diamond, earning 2x all-american honors in basketball and all-big ten in baseball.
Oosterbaan would have went into the NFL, but his religion did not allow him to play on Sundays. Oosterbaan elected to remain at Michigan and be an assistant football coach, serving under 3 head coaches (Tad Wieman 1928, Harry Kipke 1929-1937 and Fritz Crisler 1938-1947) and winning three national championships as an assistant coach. Bennie also was a basketball assistant coach from 1928-1938, the baseball freshman team coach and the eventually the head coach of the Michigan basketball program from 1938-1946.
When Fritz Crisler stepped away from coaching, Bennie was named his successor. In his first year, Bennie Oosterbaan's Michigan team went a perfect 9-0-0 winning Michigan's second straight and 10th overall National Championship. Bennie retired in 1958 with 63-33-4 coaching record, with a National Championship, 3 Western Conference Championships and a Rose Bowl victory.
When Bennie Oosterbaan passed away in 1990 at age 84, Ron Kramer spread Bennie's ashes around the field at Michigan Stadium.
Thank you, Bennie Oosterbaan. Michigan Football Legend.