"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
Good Tom Brady article by A Changelis in the DetNews:
This piece counters the myth a bit, that Brady was underappreciated and overlooked when he was at Michigan. Mentions his 20-5 record, bowl wins over vaunted SEC opponents, how he nearly saved Lloyd's butt against MSU after Lloyd had ridden Henson too long in that game. Of course no one could see what he was about to do in the NFL -- statistically speaking, no one does what he's done. It's also worth noting that during Brady's five years in AA, there were three other QBs on the roster who would play in the NFL.
One thing that I've never seen brought up is the opening drive of the '98 Notre Dame game, Brady's first as a starter. I'm totally in the school that a game can swing entirely on one play anywhere along the way. The '98 game was in South Bend, and Brady is shoving the ball down the Domers' throats. Inside the five, about to stick it in, and Lloyd yanks Brady and puts Scott Driesbach in. Driesbach had a bit of a star-crossed career at UM, led the then biggest ever comeback against UVa in Carr's first game as HC, had some injuries IIRC, Griese took over the team in '96/'97. Driesbach landed on the backburner, even though he eventually hung around the NFL for a while. He was a senior in '98 and from somewhere right near South Bend. I guess Lloyd wanted to get the guy a touchdown in his hometown swansong. Not a bad impulse but questionable football judgment. Driesbach goes in cold and fumbles. ND drives the length of the field to score and never looks back.
EDIT: It has been poined out below that my recollection immediately above is not quite reliable. We were up 3-0, shooting to go up 10-0, Dreisbach fumbled and the game was soon tied, 3-3. We led at the half, but not by as much as the statistics might've suggested. Then we lost. This shit will happen when you get old and have watched a lot of football games, kids.
So Tom Brady is close to breaking the NFL all time single game touchdown record. Are you watching?!
Yes, I apologize that this is written by the infamous Michael Rosenberg, but this week's Sports Illustrated features a pretty good piece on Tom Brady's time in Ann Arbor and his competition with Drew Henson, back when the expectations for him were sky high at the turn of the millenium. At the very least, an interesting retrospective into the minds of Lloyd Carr, the Brady family and the Michigan fanbase. I'm curious what others think about it.
edit: I follow this blog daily and read Three and Out as well, I understand and sympathize with the strong feelings many of you have toward MR, just thought this article may be interesting to some...
While we all wait to hear about the results of this exciting recruiting weekend, most of you are probably bored at work. I know I am.
Something fun to do is voting for the ESPYs, which are always fun to watch (last year, Will Ferrel being Jeff Vuvuzela was hilarious). Seth Meyers is hosting this year on July 13th, at 9PM est.
Some nominees of note are Terrific and Beautiful Tom for NFL player of the year, and Fennville HS for Best Moment. I usually don't ask people to vote for something, but Fennville really deserves this.
This is also your reminder to vote for Michigan over Clemson in the Pregame traditions poll if you haven't already.
Pregame Traditions - http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/post/_/id/6686472/3-clemson-vs-11-michigan
Well it looks like Brady had a significant enough foot injury in which he may even need a screw inserted into his foot. Makes his accomplishment with regards to interceptions all the more impressive.
Just how in the heck are we, as Michigan fans, supposed to type Brady in a post on this forum and think of that as a FIRST name? Clearly, either Hoke or Tom Brady are going to have to change their names.