Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"Big Jon" ready to start new streak

Director of Equipment Operations Jon Falk has been filling all the team's equipment needs since accepting Bo's job offer back in 1974. "Big Jon" worked 384 consecutive games at Michigan through the Iowa game last season. In that fateful game, however, his leg got snapped and so did his consecutive game streak. More specifically, "Big Jon" got bowled over in the Iowa game on a play where the tacklers tumbled out-of-bounds and Jon suffered a broken leg. The injury was so severe he missed the game the following week versus Northwestern and then he underwent surgery two days later. Prior to his surgery the team captains awarded "Big Jon" the game ball from the victory over Northwestern. After missing the rest of the season and undergoing physical therapy that would make one of the starters cringe, "Big Jon" is back this year and ready to start a new consecutive game streak.

As the head equipment manager, "Big Jon" is responsible for dressing the team for success. He has a staff of four full-time assistants and seven student workers. One of the duties that "Big Jon" has taken on his own shoulders in the past is to personally drive the "Michigan Football" 18-Wheeler to Columbus, OH on the Thursday night before the U of M/OSU game. In recognition of his many years of hard work and dedication to the University, the Letterwinners M Club bestowed upon Jon the title of "Honorary M Man" in 1993. Go Blue!

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At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIG JON, I must say is the best, i know him very well, being my father, we like this alot and thats very sweet! He Is An Honorary M Man!! GO BLUE!

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Keith S. said...

I knew "Big Jon" back before he was christened as "Big Jon" during our days at Talawanda High School. Jon was a great guy then, and obviously has been a very successful professional and family man since that time.
My wife and I had the pleasure of reuniting with Jon recently, after over 25 years, as well as meeting his wife, Cheri, and daughter, Katie.
Best wishes for continued success, good health, and happiness.......

 

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