Michigan's Bob Chappuis has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 1940's. The candidates, as selected by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the fourth of a series of names that will be unveiled each Sunday throughout the remainder of the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.
Chappuis rushed the Wolverines to a 49-0 victory in the 1948 Rose Bowl Game against USC, capping a perfect season for the Maize and Blue. A member of the notorious 'Mad Magicians,' he set two Rose Bowl Game records with 279 total offensive yards and 14 pass completions. During the season leading up to his New Year's Day Pasadena appearance, Chappuis set the Big Nine offensive record with 1,395 total rushing and passing yards. His performance in 1947 stunned sports writers across the nation, earning him All-America honors from the Associated Press, Grantland Rice, United Press International, New York Telegram and Chicago Tribune. Chappuis was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1992.
The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on December 8, 2013, in Pasadena.