Tripp WelbornePage HS) named to the University of Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor!

Posted by Press Release on May 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm under College, High School | Comments are off for this article

from the Lawrenceville School website(Lawrenceville, New Jersey), and CLICK HERE for the text and photos….

Congratulations to Lawrenceville Athletic Director Tripp Welborne(Page High School/Greensboro, N.C.), selected by the University of Michigan Athletic Department to its 2020 Hall of Honor! Induction will take place at a date yet to be determined.

Criteria for consideration included being a NCAA champion or member of a national championship team, an All-American, Olympic medalist, Olympic team member, professional league champion or world championship team medalist/member, NCAA or conference player of the year, conference champion, record holder or all-conference award winner.

The University of Michigan provided the following information about Welborne in a release on May 21:

Welborne (1987-90) was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at safety for the Wolverines. He recorded 238 tackles, eight pass breakups, nine interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career. Welborne had six double-digit tackle efforts to his credit, including a career-best 16 at Purdue during the 1990 season. In addition to his success in the secondary, Welborne returned 67 punts for 773 yards (11.5 avg.) in his career. He started 34 consecutive game at safety prior to an injury during the 10th game of his senior year.

He was a two-time consensus All-American (1989-90) ), the only Wolverine in history to earn unanimous selection twice, and is one of just 21 players in school history to be named first-team All-American at least two times during their career. Welborne was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection (1989-90) and won the 1990 National College Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by the National Athletic Awards and Dodge. He also was a finalist for the 1989 Jim Thorpe Award, presented to college football’s top defensive back. Welborne was voted the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player of the 1990 team by his teammates. He was an integral member of three consecutive Big Ten championship teams (1988-89-90), and he helped the Wolverines win three bowl games during his four seasons — 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1989 Rose Bowl and 1991 Gator Bowl. U-M finished in the top 10 of the final national polls in three of his four seasons and in the top 20 all four years: No. 4 in 1988, No. 7 in 1989 and 1990, and No. 19 in 1987.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Welborne was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played one season for the organization before a knee injury cut short his professional career.

From Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.


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