"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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