Today in Michigan History

July 28, 1973

Joe Schmidt entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joe Schmidt, with an instinct for defense, played with the Detroit Lions from 1953 through 1965, was enshrined in the Professional Football Hall of Fame. The six-foot, 222-pounder was All-Pro in eight of his thirteen seasons. He played in ten Pro Bowl games. Schmidt also served as the Lions’ head coach from 1967 until 1973.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at