The University of Michigan’s Achievements in Football

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Ryan Hoadley is a financial expert who analyzes investment opportunities for his clients. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ryan Hoadley follows the Wolverines football team.

Capping the 2015 season with a 41-7 win over Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Wolverines ended the year with a 10-3 record; it was their 27th double-digit win season. They ranked 12th in the year-end polls for the first time since 2011.

Strong offensive and defensive play earned the Maize and Blue several national rankings. Michigan’s offense won top-25 placement in red-zone efficiency and kickoff returns. Defensively, they placed in the top 10 in categories such as total defense, pass defense, stopping third down conversions, and scoring defense.

Season highlights included a three-game shutout streak, in which they beat Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Maryland. The Wolverines were the first team since Kansas State in 1995 to hold three Football Bowl Subdivision teams in a row to zero points.

Another highlight occurred against Minnesota, when Michigan blocked a last-second attempt by the Golden Gophers to run a winning touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal. The Wolverine’s defense held firm and rejected the quarterback sneak.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Immaculate Reception” Against Rival Oakland

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Immaculate Reception
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Ryan Hoadley is an accomplished financial executive and hedge fund manager with Newbrook Capital Advisors in New York. In his free time, Ryan Hoadley supports a number of Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were an elite team in the 1970s and are well remembered for one of the greatest plays in NFL history, known as the “Immaculate Reception.” The setting was the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Three Rivers Stadium, with the Steelers down 7-6 and 1:17 remaining against the rival Oakland Raiders. With Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler having just run 30 yards for a touchdown, the Steelers were on offense again, but with their backs against the wall.

The clock had run down to 22 seconds and Pittsburgh faced fourth and 10 on its own 40 yard line. With quarterback Terry Bradshaw under pressure, he threw the ball in the direction of Frenchy Fuqua, who collided with Raiders safety Jack Tatum as the ball arrived. Franco Harris somehow caught the ricocheting football and ran it a full 60 yards to the end zone.

The celebration in Pittsburgh that ensued, as the home team progressed to the Super Bowl, was always tinged with controversy. Some believed that the ball touched the turf before Harris caught it, while others claimed it bounced off of Fuqua, which would have ended the play under 1970s rules. Whatever the case, the ruling on the field stood, and to this day, Fuqua and Harris talk on the phone every year on the anniversary of the historic play.