2012-07-12 / Sports

Pro Bowler will speak at outing

MANISTIQUE – There is still time to sign-up to play in the 9th Annual Ron Rubick Memorial Football Scramble at the Indian Lake Golf Course. The 18-hole scramble gets underway with a shot gun start at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Following a day of golf on one of the finest courses in the Upper Peninsula, participants will have the pleasure of meeting and listening to John Morrow, this year’s guest speaker. Born April 27, 1933, in Port Huron, Mich., Morrow attended the University of Michigan. Playing center, the Wolverine standout was drafted in 1956 by the Los Angeles Rams, where he played guard and center for three seasons.

Late in 1959, Morrow injured his knee while playing against the Green Bay Packers. That lead to a trade to the Cleveland Browns the following season. During his seven year stay with the Browns, he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice, once in 1961 and 1963 and was part of the Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship team. The Browns finished that season 10-3-1 and beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for the championship.

The scramble is open to all men, women, parents, of alumni, current and former players, high school students, coaches, faculty and football fans – including all friends of Ron Rubick.

Cost to play in the tournament is $55 per person. The event is a fundraiser for the Manistique Emerald Football program. In the past nine years, the event has raised thousands of dollars for the Emerald football program, money that the district could not afford to allocate to the program during challenging times.

According to Todd Kangas head football coach for the Emeralds, with money raised from the event, they were able to purchase new football helmets, various equipment for the weight room and practice field, and are able to offset part of the expense for the coaching staff.

While funds raised through the scramble have played a major part in the ongoing upgrades to the program, Kangas said the Green Fire Booster Club, along with generous support of the local business community and volunteers, has helped make the fundraiser a huge success.

For more information on the scramble, call Todd Kangas at (906) 341-8494.

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