This is my first thread so if I make a mistake, I'm sorry, I'll banish myself.
Yesterday I had the honor to meet and talk to Jordan Kovacs, Kevin Koger and Elliot Mealer at a Toledo Walleye hockey game. All of them were very nice and very willing to take pictures with myself and my girlfriend as well as sign things for us and make time to have down to earth conversations with us. It was a very small group or people (probably 12-15 people) that got to sit down and eat with them which surprised me, as I thought there would be many more. Anyways, just thought I'd share the information with you guys and a few pictures taken with the guys.
I apologized to Mealer for being the only one unable to stand with his arm around a girl.
http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich4_zps6ff96d49.jpg http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich3_zps4c953f04.jpg http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich2_zpsc179b792.jpg
EDIT: Links should work. Best I can do, sorry.
5 years ago tonight, Christmas Eve, tragedy befell the Mealer family. In a terrible automobile accident while heading home from a party to attend Christmas Eve worship, Elliott's father Dave Mealer, and girlfriend Hollis Richer lost their lives immediately. A 90 year old man drove through a stop sign and t-boned their car. This was the accident where Brock was paralyzed, and Elliot tore his rotator cuff.
In case you've never seen it, here is an excellent feature that was done on ESPN, and an accompanying article. LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/e60/news/story?id=4534334
Elliott's career truly bookends a challenging time for Michigan. He was recruited by Carr. RR honored the scholarship, even with his injury. And he has played under Hoke the last two years. I believe he is about the last player to be on the team from the Carr era.
It is miraculous how well Elliott and Brock have done, in light of their injuries and terrific loss. Regardless of the OL play, I was so excited to see Elliott start, and do well this year. This may always be a bittersweet holiday for Elliott. I'd imagine it is particularly tough this year, being his last at Michigan. Should you be someone who prays, lift up Elliott and his family this Christmas Eve, wherever they are down in the Tampa area.
Hard to believe, but this team still had players recruited by Carr. Kenny Demens, Brandon Moore, and Elliot Mealer are the final holdovers. Seems like decades ago that Carr was the coach; it's hard to believe he recruited those guys.
Edit: So those 3 were the last that made their verbal commitment under Carr.
- Will Campbell commited under Carr, decommitted, then recommitted under Rodriguez.
- JT Floyd was offered by Carr and was supposedly a silent commit to Carr's Michigan.
- Marvin Robinson was offered by Carr
I'm sure Carr had a hand in at least some part of the recruiting process for a handful of other players on the team, but ultimately the players above are the last ones to commit while expecting to play under Carr.
A friend and I were commiserating about the 'Bama loss via email, then the conversation turned to this:
[Perenial rant about how we are becoming Notre Dame and how I am powerless to stop it]... However, DO NOT underestimate The Beard.
Yes, it would be a mistake to underestimate Mealer and His Beard. ElliotMealersBeard.com is available. It is yours for the taking.
$8 later, done. What to do with it now?
You don't "do" anything with ElliotMealersBeard.com. It grows on its own.
But seriously, what do I do with ElliotMealersBeard.com? I don't really have the time or creativity to give The Beard it's full due, and I'd hate to see it linger, like a dead folicle on a less manly man's face. So sad.
Right now, as you can see, I just have it set up as a Tumblr, with a photo that I think really gives you an idea of the inherent power of The Beard and it's potential. What could you do with That Beard? Please tell me how you would make it grow. Right down there in the comments.
Act quick, before Gilette gives him a million dollars to shave it on live TV at halftime of the championship game, in which we certainly will not be playing.
It was four years ago tonight that Elliott Mealer was in a tragic automobile accident on the way to Christmas Eve Worship. His father David, and girlfriend Hollis, were killed instantly. Brock was paralyzed, and Elliott tore his rotater cuff. Sometimes I wonder if that injury affected his playing time at Michigan. We'll never know. Regardless, keep Elliott, Brock, their mom Shelly and brother Blake in your prayers. I suspect that Christmas Eve will always be a bittersweet day for them, in light of their loss.
Another article that follows up the E60 report on Elliot Mealer.
Great read - I hope everyone can be as strong as him and his family.