Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan Chippewas

About Central Michigan Chippewas

The Central Michigan Chippewas football program has been operating since 1896 and represents Central Michigan University in the NCAA Division I (FBS). Over the years, the team have maintained an impressive win-loss record and the program has produced a number of future NFL stars.

For most the team's history, their main rivals have been the Western Michigan Broncos, with the rivalry dating back to their first meeting in 1907. A less intense rivalry also exists with the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Michigan MAC Trophy is contested in a three-way rivalry between the Chippewas, the Broncos and the Eagles. Since the teams' first encounter in 1991, the Michigan State Spartans have also emerged as a strong rival for Central Michigan.

In 1974, the Chippewas were named as NCAA Division II National Champions. In addition to this success, the team have earned 15 Conference Titles, including seven in the Mid-American Conference. Their most recent victory came in the 2009 season, where they finished with an 8-0 conference record and a 12-2 overall record. To date, the team have made seven appearances in post-season bowl games and hold a 3-4 record. They have won in their last two appearances, at the GMAC Bowl in 2009 and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2012.

Several former Central Michigan players are currently active in the National Football League, such as Antonio Brown, Josh Gordy, Joe Staley, Eric Fisher and Frank Zombo. Other notable alumni include Jim Podoley, Curtis Adams and Walter Beach.

Since 1972, the team have played their home games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Initially called Perry Shorts Stadium, the venue's name was changed to pay tribute to Kenneth Kelly, who ser...