The legacy continues in the Grizzly Football program. The University of Montana’sJordan Tripp has been chosen to wear the number 37 beginning in the 2012 season.
Griz head coach Mick Delaney made the announcement Monday night (June 4) at a team meeting, as numerous UM players recently returned to Missoula to begin a voluntary summer workout program.
The player who wore number 37 last season, senior defensive end Ryan Fetherstonfrom East Helena, chose Tripp as his successor to wear the legacy number. Tripp becomes the 10th player in school history to wear the storied number.
The tradition started in 1987, when fullback Kraig Paulson, who wore the number from 1983-86, passed it on to defensive back Tim Hauck. Hauck, now the defensive backs coach in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, was a two-time All-American at safety while playing for the Griz, and then went on to have a 12-year career in the NFL.
Tripp, a 6-3 ½, 244-pound linebacker from Missoula (Big Sky High School), was injured in the third game (against Eastern Washington) of the 2011 season. He was one of the leading tacklers in those first three games with 18 stops. He played as a true freshman three years ago, which means he had a redshirt season available, and was granted an injury redshirt this past spring. He will be a junior eligibility-wise this season.
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