Bob Chappuis

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Olivia B. Waxman

“When Chappuis fades back to pass, he is a slow-motion study in coolness and concentration,” Time wrote in its Nov. 3, 1947, cover story about Michigan’s All-American halfback who died June 14 at 89. But his gridiron battles paled compared with surviving after his B-25 bomber was shot down over Italy during World War II and he spent three months hiding from the Nazis. Sneaking around helped him lead the 1947 Wolverines–dubbed “Mad Magicians” because of their tricky offensive plays–to a 1948 Rose Bowl championship. A Heisman Trophy runner-up, he still holds the Big 10 single-season passer-rating record and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

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