In February 1935, Gerald Ford received an offer to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Ford was then a senior at the University of Michigan and one of the strongest players on the Wolverine team. The letter came from Earl “Curly” Lambeau, one of the Packers’ two founders and the team’s first coach.
Ford declined the offer, and instead took a position as an assistant varsity football coach and boxing coach at Yale University. Ford was admitted to the Yale University Law School in 1938, and graduated in the top 25 percent of his class in 1941.