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University of Michigan

  • Career Highlights

    • Johnson was a rugged player in the trenches - one of the stars of the Bay City Central football powerhouse of the 1960s.
    • At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he dominated the line of scrimmage while earning all-Saginaw Valley League and all-state.
    • Johnson helped power the Wolves to an 8-1 record and a conference crown while being named team MVP in 1963.
    • Johnson went on to letter for three seasons at the University of Michigan.
    • He earned honorable mention all-Big Ten as the starting defensive tackle in 1965, playing alongside Bay County Sports Hall of Famers Clayton Wilhite and Ken Wright.
    • Johnson later served as U-M freshman line coach under Bump Elliott and then Bo Schembechler while earning two master's degrees.
    • He has since served on numerous committees for the Michigan State Board of Education and has been a key proponent for Native American education issues.

  • Smith was born on 3/12/1895 in Minneapolis, MN. Moved to Bay City as a youth and attended Bay City Central High School, graduating in 1914. (do not have any high school information) He next attended the University of Michigan and played football in 1914, 1915, and 1916. He was a standout on the freshman reserve team the first year, and was the starting fullback for most games in 1915 and 1916 (with the exception of a few games he was injured). He was called an ‘an excellent all-around player” by Coach Fielding H. Yost and was elected team captain for the 1917 season. However, many of the great collegiate football players in the country left their programs to join the military during WWI. Smith went to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and played football there. They had a great roster and played as an Independent team, including playing against many Big Ten teams. They won their most important game of the year, 27-0, against Army (did not find other stats). In 1918, GLNTS went 6-0-2 (beating Iowa, Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue, Navy, and tying Notre Dame and Northwestern). They were invited to play in the Rose Bowl and defeated the Mare Island Marines, 17-0. There were no other bowl games due to WWI. Mare Island Marines won the Rose Bowl the previous year. The University of Michigan played their only season ever, in 1917, without a team captain. Smith was kept on as captain, even in his absence. Additionally, there were no Walter Camp Collegiate All-American teams that year. Rather, they named Institutional All-Americans that included both the military institutions and the collegians. Cedric Smith was named an All-American. Smith returned to Michigan to finish his studies in 1919. He won the Big Ten shot put championship that year. Also, in 1919, Smith played professional football for the Massillon Tigers of the Ohio League, which was one of the earliest professional football leagues, comprised of mostly teams from Ohio. In 1920, Smith played for the Buffalo All-Americans in the inaugural season of the American Professional Football Association, renamed the National Football League in 1922. He led the APFA that year in rushing touchdowns with 4. Other players in the league in 1920 included George Halas (Decatur Staleys), Jim Thorpe (Canton Bulldogs) and nine others who are also currently in the NFL Hall of Fame. Buffalo finished in third place with a 4-1-1 record. There were 14 teams, including the Detroit Heralds. Smith played for Buffalo again in 1921. Then, in 1922, the league became the NFL. Smith played for Buffalo again in 1923, then for the Milwaukee Badgers in 1924, his last season. (even though this all occurred long ago, this information is all verifiable, including great photos) - Cedric ‘Pat’ Smith graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1914. - He was one of the 1st Bay County athletes to standout in football at a major university. - Smith is the 1st Bay County athlete to be named football captain at a major university. - He is the 1st Bay County athlete to be named football All-American and to play in the Rose Bowl. - He is the 1st Bay County athlete to play football professionally, including the inaugural NFL season. - He played for legendary Fielding H. Yost, played with George Halas, and against Jim Thorpe.


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