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Joseph Ponsetto
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Ponsetto from 1946 Michiganensian
Date of birth: (1926-03-26)March 26, 1926
Date of death: November 24, 2004(2004-11-24) (aged 78)
Place of death: Kent County, Michigan
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Michigan
Organizations

Joseph Ponsetto (March 29, 1926 – November 24, 2004) was an American football player who was the starting quarterback for the University of Michigan Wolverines football teams of 1944 and 1945. Playing under head coach Fritz Crisler, Ponsetto led the 1944 team to an 8–2 record and a #8 ranking in the final AP Poll.[1] Ponsetto was selected as an All-Big Ten quarterback in 1944 and was elected captain of the 1945 team.[1] He also handled place-kicking responsibilities for the Wolverines, converting four extra points against Minnesota,[2] four more against Purdue,[3] and five against Penn in 1944.[4] Ponsetto led the 1945 team to a 7–3 record and a #6 ranking in the final AP Poll.[5] After graduating from Michigan, Ponsetto became a dentist in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "1944 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1944fbt.htm.
  2. "Wolverines Bowl Over Gophers, 28-13". Los Angeles Times. 1944-10-08.
  3. "Michigan Rolls Over Purdue". Los Angeles Times. 1944-10-29.
  4. "Wolverines Bury Quakers Under 41-to-19 Score". Los Angeles Times. 1944-11-05.
  5. "1945 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1945fbt.htm.
  6. Steve Ungrey (2004-11-27). "Ex-U-M player, local dentist dies ; Joe Ponsetto was captain until injury halted career". The Grand Rapids Press.
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