Today is a good day to celebrate the accomplishments of Pat Maloney and wish him a very happy birthday! Patrick “Pat” Maloney was born in Illinois. He grew up in LaGrange, Illinois and became an excellent athlete at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange. He starred in football and baseball. Maloney was an all-state football player who excelled as a running back on offense and a defensive back on defense. When it came time to choose a college, Pat decided to play for Michigan.
Pat Maloney’s name first appeared on a Michigan Football Roster in 1988. He was listed as a Safety for his Freshman year. He burned his red-shirt that first year and did not see any game action.
Maloney did not earn any starts in 1989, but he did intercept a pass against Maryland in the third game of the season. Pat did not letter on Bo’s last team. However, he was part of Michigan’s Big Ten Champions for the second straight season.
Pat Maloney’s third season at Michigan was also the first for new Head Coach Gary Moeller. Maloney started one game (Purdue) and made five tackles in that game. He played in all twelve games in 1990 and made 17 tackles during the season. Pat earned his first varsity letter in 1990. Moeller’s footballers finished his first season at 9 wins and 3 losses. They won a share of the Big Ten Title with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.
Pat’s fourth season (1992) also worked out well for him and for Michigan. Maloney started one game at outside linebacker and played a lot of football for the Wolverines. He earned his second letter and helped Michigan to another winning season. Michigan finished the season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Once again, the Wolverines were perfect in the conference (8-0-0) and won their fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship.
Maloney’s last season was his best in many ways. He started two games at Strong Safety and made a career-high 19 tackles. He earned his third varsity letter and played on another championship team. Yes, the 1992 Wolverines went undefeated for the season (9-0-3) and won their fifth straight Big Ten Title with a record of 6-0-2).
In addition to his solid career at Michigan, Pat Maloney was also part of some important Michigan football “firsts.” Check them out:
· Played on the first Gary Moeller Team in 1990.
· Was a member of Gary Moeller’s first Big Ten Championship Team (1990).
· Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only losing bowl team (1992).
· Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only undefeated team (9-0-3) in 1992.
· Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only top 5 ranked team (5th in AP Poll and 5th in CNN/USA Coaches Poll) in 1992.
· Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only Rose Bowl winner in January 1993.
Pat Maloney was a good player on some great Michigan teams. He was part of a Big Ten Championship team during all five years of his years at Michigan. He finished his career with three varsity letters, 52 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 4 interceptions.
So, today is a very good day to wish Pat Maloney a very “Happy Birthday.!” Thanks Pat for your contributions to the great history of Michigan football! Go Blue!