Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Shawn Miller. The multi-talented Shawn Miller was born on this day in 1972. He grew up in Kansas and became an outstanding football player and student at El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Kansas. In addition to being a highly-ranked football lineman, he was also a gifted actor who had the lead role in two high school plays. According to the 1991 Michigan Media Guide, Shawn was also a state Forensics Champion as a high school junior.
Technically, Shawn Miller was recruited by Bo Schembechler’s staff. However, when Shawn arrived in Ann Arbor he was going to play for Coach Gary Moeller. It didn’t matter to Shawn, he probably would have loved to play for Bo, but Mo was okay too! Like most freshman lineman, Shawn didn’t play in his first year, but he didn’t burn his red-shirt either. He used that first year to learn Mo’s blocking schemes and get established at Michigan.
Shawn Miller did not start any games in 1991, but he did play enough to earn a letter on Mo’s second team that finished with 10 wins and 2 losses. More importantly, the Wolverines were perfect in the Big Ten that year (8-0-0) and won Michigan’s fourth consecutive conference title dating back to 1988.
Miller continued to practice hard and play well. He started three games at left guard in 1992. Once again, the Wolverines won a lot of games. In fact, they were undefeated with a record of 9-0-3. Michigan won a fifth consecutive Big Ten Championship with a record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties. Shawn Miller had his second letter and another Big Ten Championship ring!
Shawn Miller’s hard work paid off in 1993. He started eight games at left guard and earned his third varsity football letter. Unfortunately, the 1993 season was a letdown after five straight years of Michigan dominance. The Wolverines slipped to a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. They won five of eight games in the conference and finished in a tie for fourth place.
There were a number of Michigan Football “firsts” that occurred during on Shawn’s time in Ann Arbor. Check these out:
- Played on the first Gary Moeller Team in 1990 (and the last four as well).
- 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.
Today is a good day to remember the contributions of Shawn Miller to Michigan Football. He, and his teammates, contributed thirty-six wins to the all-time Wolverine victory total. They also won three of four bowl games and added three Big Ten Championship trophies to Michigan’s very large collection. Thanks for the Maize and Blue memories Shawn Miller! I hope you enjoy your special day today. Go Blue!