April 14, 1951

Adolph George (Germany) Schulz

April 14, 1951
U of M Football
Player (1904 - 1905, 1907 - 1908)
College Football Hall of Fame
U of D Head Football Coach (1923)

Adolph George “Germany” Schulz

University of Michigan Football Player (1904 – 1905, 1907 - 1908)
University of Detroit Football Coach (1923)

Germany Schulz was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and played football for Fort Wayne High School. He attended the University of Michigan where he played in 1904 and 1905, was ineligible in 1906 but came back to finish out his career in 1907 and 1908. He started his career at guard but was quickly moved to center and was so successful he was voted an All-American in 1907. Eligibility problems limited his impact in 1908. Schulz is credited with many innovations both at center and defensively at linebacker. In 1951, the College Football Foundation voted Schulz to the All-Time All-American team and the greatest center of all-time. After his playing days were over, he spent ten years as an assistant coach for several schools before coaching at the University of Detroit for one year. Germany Schulz was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1979 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1960. He passed away on April 14, 1951 at 67 years of age.