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Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

Former Michigan quarterback Jimmy Maddock dies at age 76

By Jim Knight

Jimmy Maddock, who played quarterback for Michigan from 1954-56, died today in Westchester, Ill. He was 76.

Maddock had his own construction supply business -- Maddock Industries -- in the Chicago area for more than 40 years, but he loved to talk about Michigan football, according to his nephew, Dan Maier of Ann Arbor.

“He loved Michigan,” Maier said. “He came back as often as he could.”

Michigan went 20-7 with Maddock at quarterback, and two of his best games came against Iowa. In 1954, Michigan rallied from a 13-0 deficit and the decisive play was a touchdown pass from Maddock to Ron Kramer.

In 1955, Maddock was 5-of-6 passing for 162 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-21 victory against Iowa in front of 73,275 fans at Michigan Stadium. That game included his career-long 65-yard pass.

In his final game at Michigan, Maddock led Michigan to a 19-0 victory against Ohio State. He was 5-of-10 passing for 66 yards, caught a touchdown pass and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

That game, Maier said, was a special memory for Maddock.

“If you’re a Michigan fan, you’re always talking about the Ohio game,” Maier said. “And to shut them out, that's particularly satisfying. It’s a point of pride, not only to beat them, but to not let them score.

“And being able to score the last points, that’s kind of an exclamation point, isn’t it?”

Maier said Maddock tried out for a few professonal teams after he left Michigan, but quickly opened his business. Maddock’s children now run the business, Maier said.

Maddock is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Martha Ryan and seven children; Michael, Patricia (Page); Matthew, Elizabeth (Fisher), Anne (McGuire); Andrew and Martha ( Zipkin); and 18 grandchildren. Maddock’s grandson, Matthew, is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-9 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park, Ill. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 124 N. Spring Avenue, LaGrange, Ill.



Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

I remember very well that pass to Ron Kramer in the 1954 Iowa game. I was in basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood. I believe the game was nationally televised. Two Michigan stalwarts!


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Second that, 1st Down. God bless Maddock and his family...

1st Down

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 10:20 p.m.

RIP to a great UM QB and Michigan Man. Go Blue Jimmy Maddock.