The most outraged Wolverine was Wardâ€™s roommate; a lineman from Grand Rapids named Gerald Ford. Ford threatened to quit the team in response to Wardâ€™s benching - and changed his mind only after Ward convinced him that he had to play. The incident also galvanized the Michigan student body and Ann Arbor community, which held loud and vocal protests against the decision to keep Ward out of the game. In the end, the Ward incident helped The University of Michigan turn an important corner in race relations, and made an impact on Gerald Ford that stayed with him all the way to the White House. When Ford passed away in 2006, President George W. Bush referenced the Willis Ward incident in his eulogy.
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