Today is a great day to wish a BIG BLUE Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Pete Elezovic. According to the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide, Peter “Pete” Elezovic was born on this day in Farmington, Michigan. Elezovic grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He attended Detroit Catholic Central where he became a excellent placekicker and baseball player. When it was time to choose a college, Pete opted for Michigan.
Peter Elezovic arrived in Ann Arbor in 1989. He did not see any action in his first season and burned his red-shirt. Pete saw limited action in the UCLA game in 1990. He also traveled to Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Indiana in Gary Moeller’s first season at Michigan.
Elezovic came back in 1991, but did not win the starting kicker’s job. After two seasons, he still had not kicked any field goals or extra points for the Wolverines. Of course, he didn’t letter in 1990 or 1991. Fortunately, Pete showed the persistence and dedication that it takes to succeed on the football field and in life.
Pete came back in 1992 more determined than ever to be Gary Moeller’s kicker. Elezovic won the starting job and made 6 out of 10 field goals during the season. After starting out with 2 field goals in his first 5 attempts, he finished strong and made 4 out of his last 5 kicks. Elezovic also kicked 52 PATs that season which helped him post 70 points for the season. Pete earned his first varsity letter in 1992. His biggest kick of the year was a 39-yard field goal that gave Michigan a 22-22 tie with Illinois. This boot also gave Michigan a share of the Big Ten title and earned the Wolverines a trip to the 1993 Rose Bowl.
Peter Elezovic came back for his senior year in 1993. He made 8 out of 14 field goal attempts and helped Michigan post 8 wins in 12 games. Pete was also solid on extra point attempts. He earned his second varsity letter in 1993.
So, Pete Elezovic ended his Michigan career with his head held high. He played on three Big Ten Championship teams and earned two varsity letter. Like all kickers, he didn’t make all of his kicks. Nobody does. Pete had his “ups” and “downs” as a kicker at Michigan, but he definitely had more “ups!” Bottom line – Pete did a solid job for two years and still is listed among the top placekickers in Michigan Football history in a number of areas.
Of course, Pete would not be the topic of today’s blog if he was connected to some Michigan football “firsts.” Here are the best ones that connect Pete Elezovic and Michigan Football:
- Pete Elezovic played on the first Gary Moeller team in 1990.
- Elezovic played on the first Michigan team to play a game against Mississippi in the 1991 Gator Bowl. Michigan won the game by a score of 35-3.
- Pete Elezovic played on the first, and only, team in Big Ten history to win a conference championship in all eleven decades of Big Ten play in 1990.
- Elezovic played in the first ever game against Houston in 1992. Michigan won the game by a score of 61-7.
- Pete Elezovic played in the first ever games against Penn State and North Carolina State in 1993. The Wolverines won both games.
Today is a good day to remember the accomplishments of Pete Elezovic. His name is still listing in many areas of the Michigan kicker section of the record book. Pete went on to a long career in many professional football leagues. He is one more reason that Michigan football is the winningest program in college football. Happy Birthday Pete Elezovic and Go Blue!