June 26, 2013

Like father, like son: Michigan family legacies

When Jon Runyan Jr. (a Tuesday commitment) steps foot on the Michigan campus in the fall of 2015, the offensive lineman will join a long line of sons that followed their fathers to Ann Arbor.

The earliest known father-son combo occurred in 1922, when William Herrnstein Jr., arrived as a freshman and donned the winged helmet that his dad, William Sr., wore briefly in 1898 and 1900.

William Jr. was also the nephew of Albert, who starred at halfback for the Maize and Blue from 1899-1902. Then, 31 years after William Jr., departed, his son, John, lettered at Michigan from 1956-58.

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