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Ypsilanti’s Superbowl Connection

Posted by ppna on January 30, 2008

mikebass2covinsde.jpgIf you attended East Middle school and had Mrs. Bass as a teacher than you know about her son Mike.   Mrs. Bass would talk about Mike and show video of her son’s Touchdown in Superbowl VII against the Miami Dolphins (a play that is known as one of the strangest plays in Superbowl history). Mike Bass was an Ypsilanti native and a star athlete at Ypsilanti High School.  Mike went on to play college ball at the University of Michigan and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers where he made it to the last cut.   Coach Vince Lombardi encouraged him to continue with professional football so he went to the Detroit Lions and played on the teams taxi squad.   Of course the Lions are the Lions and they only activated Mike Bass for 2 games.  Coach Lombardi had moved to Washington and upon a request from Bass he brought Bass to Washington.  

Where, according to extremeskins.com (a 2005 article) I advise you to read the article its very good. During his career with the Redskins Bass intercepted 30 passes. That makes him fourth all time in interceptions in the team’s history. He gave up only five touchdown receptions. He led the National Football Conference in interceptions with eight in 1972 and was selected first team All-NFC in 1974. And, again, he is one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of all time.

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