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MAC champion 1966 football team returns for homecoming

by Mat Kanan

Oct. 6, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Western Michigan University's 1966 MAC champion football team.
WMU's 1966 MAC champion football team
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's 1966 Mid-American Conference champion football team will gather for its 45th reunion and be recognized during Saturday's homecoming football contest versus Bowling Green State University.

The game begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waldo Stadium and will be preceded by the Corral Entertainment Village, open to the public free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Game tickets can be purchased through or by calling toll free (888) 496-8849.

Every five years, without fail, the '66 Bronco football team has held a reunion and gathered for a football game at Waldo Stadium. Glenn Cherup, a three-year letterwinner from the team is credited with keeping the five-year reunion tradition going.

Seven members of the '66 squad—Marty Barski, Jerry Collins, Gene Hamlin, Dave Hudson, Dale Livingston, Bob Rowe and Pete Wysocki—were among the 100 football greats honored in 2005 with selection to the WMU Football All-Century Team.

Bob Rowe, originally a walk-on at WMU, spent nine years in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1968. He is one of three players from the 1966 team drafted into the NFL. Torre Ossmo was a 10th round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers 1967. Dale Livingston was a third-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968, and was a starter at punter and kicker for two seasons in Cincinnati and one year in Green Bay.

Pete Wysocki died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003 at age 55. He was an all-pro linebacker in the Canadian Football League before playing six seasons, 1975 to 1980, with the Washington Redskins on special teams and defense.