Today is a great day to wish a BIG BLUE Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Chris Horn. According to the 1987 Michigan Football Media Guide, Chris Horn was born on this day in 1968. He grew up to be an excellent athlete at Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Horn excelled on offense and defense. Horn helped lead his high school team to a number two ranking and was an honorable mention on the USA Today All-American Football team. He also lettered four times in baseball. He came to Michigan to earn a degree and play some football for Coach Bo Schembecher.
Chris Horn arrived in Ann Arbor in 1986. He was listed on the 1986 Michigan Football Roster as a “Defensive Back.” However, he did not see any action during his freshman year.
In 1987, the coaching staff decided that he could make a bigger contribution at fullback so Chris worked hard at learning his new position in the Michigan offense. Unfortunately, Horn was hampered by a hamstring injury during spring drills in 1987. The lost practice time hurt his development and he did not earn a letter in 1987. However, Chris did log 3 carries for 13 yards in 1987, but that was it.
Horn returned to Michigan in 1988 to play fullback and special teams for Bo’s Wolverines. His hard work in the weight room pushed his weight from 205 pounds to 213 pounds in 1988. Chris earned one start at fullback in 1988. He played well enough and often enough on offense and special teams to earn his first letter. Horn caught two passes for 20-yards and also rushed the ball 13 times for 57-yards and scored 1 touchdown. His only Michigan touchdown came against Wisconsin on a 21-yard burst and helped pile on the points in a 62-14 victory over the Badgers.
The teams that Chris Horn played on from 1986 to 1988 posted an overall record of 28 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie. More importantly, they finished with a record of 19 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie in Big Ten play which was good enough to claim 2 conference championships.
So, Chris Horn’s Michigan Football career probably didn’t turn out the way he envisioned it. He did earn one varsity letter and was part of two Big Ten Championship Teams. Chris was also part of some interesting Wolverine football “firsts.”
- Chris Horn was on the first Michigan team to ever play games against Florida State, Hawaii, and Arizona State in 1986.
- Horn also played in the first, and only, game against Long Beach State in 1987.
- Chris Horn was part of Michigan’s first Hall of Fame Bowl win in January 1988. It was also the first game ever against Alabama.
So, today is a good day to remember the contributions of Chris Horn to Michigan Football. Chris is an important part of the “long Maize and Blue line” that has produced the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Chris Horn – I hope you have a great day today! Go Blue!