Football’s Valhalla – The Bob Ufer Story is a feature-length documentary produced and directed by University of Michigan and Yale Drama School grad, Dan Chace. The film has been made with the support of Michigan Athletics, the Ufer Family and the Alumni Association. The film includes interviews with Coach Jim Harbaugh and many other Michigan Football notables and fans.
Football’s Valhalla will premiere this fall in Ann Arbor on Friday, October 5th, and we will be showing it here in Seattle a mere three weeks later!. Part bio-pic, part pep-rally, the film celebrates Michigan’s legacy while telling the story of one of its most enthusiastic sons.
Filmmaker Dan Chace will be here to talk about the making of the film, and will be speaking to the audience after the screening.
For 363 consecutive games, from 1945 to 1981, Ufer was the radio voice of University of Michigan football. His voice is as much a part of the Michigan football tradition as the ‘M’ club banner hanging outside the players’ tunnel.
If you have any love at all for Michigan football, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Watch the trailer for the film on YouTube.
Here are words from a few notable figures describing Bob Ufer’s contributions to Michigan football.
Nobody could describe and represent the pageantry and pomp of Michigan football like Bob Ufer … Nobody.
– Jim Harbaugh
There was no question about it. Bob had an intensity for the University, and of course he loved football and he made it come alive on radio.
– President Gerald R. Ford
He became an institution because he was different than anybody else … an interesting thing about him is … he was genuine. The only broadcaster I ever knew that could make a three-yard spurt sound like a ninety-yard touchdown run.
– Bo Schembechler
Bob Ufer had the ability to paint a word-picture like no one I know. He could build a drama to make you feel like you’re on the sidelines. But it was that boyhood enthusiasm that endeared him to people who never even met him.
– Athletic Director Don Canham