BAY CITY, MI – As a coach, Howard Auer knew how to get the most out of his players.
That’s because, as a player, he got the most out of himself.
Auer may not have been the biggest player – and certainly wasn’t the biggest star – on any team he played on, but he was an impact-maker of the greatest kind. At every stop his teams saw success, from Bay City Central to the University of Michigan to the Chicago Bears.
So when he stood in front of his players as head coach at Flint Central, they knew well to listen.
“He’d talk to each player individually before big games,” said former Flint Central quarterback Dick Leach in a 1986 story in the Flint Journal. “He’d present challenges to you. He’d try to get you to overachieve.
“He always said it wasn’t the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”
Some 90 years since he departed Bay City, 64 years after his final game as a coach and 32 years after his death, Auer remains a storied legend, celebrated as part of the induction class of 2017 for the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame. Ceremonies are set for Sunday, Oct. 1 at the DoubleTree hotel and conference center to recognize the eight individuals and two teams entering the Hall.
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