well that's just, like, your opinion, man
ESPN has been releasing the usual pieces you'd see this time of year. The first fluff piece is our "All Century Team", which can includ any player that suited up for Michigan between 2000 and the present.
We're look at a time period of 2000-2007 with Lloyd Carr, 08-10 with Rich Rod, 11-14 with Hoke, and 15-Present with Harbaugh. Unsurpisingly, most of the players selected were from the Lloyd Carr years.
26 players total. 12 Offense, 11 Defense, 3 Special teams.
Of the 26, 18 of them had their best years under Lloyd, 2 under Rich Rod, 2 under Hoke, and 1 under Harbaugh. 3 players were evenly split between two coaching tenures; Taylor Lewan with Rich Rod and Hoke, Denard with Rich Rod and Hoke, and Brandon Graham with Carr and Rich Rod.
I gave Jourdan Lewis to Harbaugh not only because of how great he was last season, but how great he can be this year as well.
I wanted to split it up just to show something we already knew, which was how great we were up to 2007, and how bleak it's been since.
The second fluff piece is ESPN ranking the B1G "Triplets", which is defined as the top 3 offesnive skilled position players. It can be any combo of QB, RB, WR/TE. For Michigan, they chose Chesson, Butt, and Smith. Link? Link
Our trio came in at #4. I may have switched Smith with Darboh. I think we'll see a platoon at RB, given how many options we have to work with. The opposite is true for WR, which means Darboh, Chesson, and Butt will all see the bulk of the passing game. MSU's trio came in at #7. The top 3 will be OSU, PSU, and Nebraska. My guess would be #1 OSU b/c of Barrett, #2 PSU b/c of Barkley, and #3 Nebraska b/c of Armstrong.
I think we're OK at #4, because nobody knows who the starting QB will be.
Hey guys, I made a couple more hype videos for the offseason. Constructive criticism always welcome. Enjoy!
"All The Way Up" - Jabrill Peppers
"All I Do" - Jehu Chesson
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This is the 4th installment of my TBT series where I catch up with former players to ask them about their recruitment and playing days at Michigan, and find out what they've been doing since then.
It was customary for Bo to introduce the new freshman at the first team meeting of the fall. He’d stand at his podium and introduced each one by name, where they were from, and what position they played. After he introduced them all, he had them sing The Victors. The rest of the team listened, and then booed the freshmen mercilessly. It didn’t matter how good they sang, they were getting booed. That’s just the way it was.
I vividly remember Bo introducing this next guy because he was from Columbus Ohio. He stood at the front of the team meeting room with his eyes wide open as 100+ guys he’d never met booed and hissed because he was from Columbus. I thought, “Damn, poor kid.” And then I wondered how a guy from the Buckeye’s own backyard was able to escape the clutches of OSU and choose “that school up north”?
There is no question David Key was recruited by Ohio State University which was just a stone's throw from his front door. He had a scholarship offer. He also had many family and friends who played for the Buckeyes. On top of that, his mom worked for the school for years. Despite what many of their clueess fans tried to claim over the years, the Bucks never "cooled on him". In fact, as you'll find out shortly, it was quite the opposite,
David liked Coach Bruce and he liked the school. He could have chosen them and nobody would have batted an eye. But when he visited Michigan, met Bo Schembechler, and experienced the camaraderie and academic opportunity in Ann Arbor, he felt the choice was a no-brainer. He fell in love with everything about it. His parents never interjected or tried to influence him. They supported him and held their opinion until his decision was made. As it turned out, they loved Michigan for many of the same reasons David did. Like many, he believes it was the best decision he ever made (aside from marrying his wife).
After committing to Michigan and returning home, he received a call from Coach Bruce, asking him to come for a visit. David informed him that he had committed to UofM, but Coach Bruce was persistent. “That’s ok. Come anyway.” So the following weekend, he made the short drive to enemy territory for his official visit. He was young, had family that played there, a mom that worked there, and probably felt at least a slight sense of obligation to play for his hometown team. And what do you know? It was impressive. Those sneaky Buckeyes pulled out all the stops and rolled out the red carpet for their special guest. They wined and dined him, so to speak. They talked up their program, talked down the other, and applied just the right amount of pressure on the local product. It did the trick because David started to wonder if he made a hasty decision. Maybe he made the wrong choice. Maybe he was supposed to play for Ohio State. It was almost too much to say no to.
When I asked what Bo said when he found out about David's visit to Ohio State - just days after committing - his response was, “Only a fool tells all.” Wise beyond his years.
David roomed with Greg McMurtry his first two years and lived next door to Warde Manuel and the late, great Vada Murray (RIP). He also lived with Leroy Hoard and Todd Plate, all great players who went on to very successful careers following school. Warde was actually in David and Linda’s wedding and they remain very close friends to this day.
Michigan was 36-11-1 during his four years in Ann Arbor. He collected three Big Ten Championship Rings, went 1-1 in two Rose Bowls, beat Alabama and Ole Miss in other bowl games, and “never lost to Ohio State on his watch” as a starter – a fact he proudly mentions whenever an unruly Buckeye fan tries to puff up their chest. The team finished in the Top 10 three times in his 4 years
He was also involved some historically memorable games:
- A win over Alabama in a game Bo missed due to heart issues.
- A game we led by 3 scores in the 4th quarter to the #1 ranked Miami Hurricanes, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
- Bo’s second Rose Bowl victory
- The Rocket Ismail show
- MSU getting away with a blatant trip of Desmond on the 2-point attempt.
- Started on Bo’s last team and Gary Moeller’s first team.
Upon graduation, David was drafted by the New England Patriots where he played in the league for three years but it wasn't as much fun as college. The money was good and the lifestyle was exciting, but it just wasn't the same. You don't have the same motivations. It may sound cliche but the fact was, it was a job. There were constant meetings, outside commitments, not the same camaraderie, and the never-ending fear of losing your job. It was exactly what Bo talked about during his "The Team, The Team, The Team" speech. "You'll play for a contract. You'll play for this. You'll play for that. You'll play for everything else but the team". As usual, Bo was right.
Following his time with the Patriots, David could have changed teams and possibly played longer, but he was married and had the future of a young family to consider. He decided it was time to put his degree in Kinesiology to work. Even while he was playing he was thinking about where he could launch his career in fitness training. He started as a personal trainer for a national gym, and then moved up to managing clubs. With his experience and his degree, he decided he would open his own gym. He had a great mentor in former Michigan S&C Coach, Mike Gittleson. David’s passion comes from helping people become healthier and happier versions of themselves. “People underestimate how exercise can affect their lives. Whether it’s an athlete competing at a high level or someone who has never exercised in their life, people walk away with a better version of who they were before they trained with me.” For 22 years now, he's owned and operated Key Body & Fitness in Columbus Ohio, less than 10 miles from the giant toilet bowl, teachings Ohioans how to improve themselves and train with a Michigan Man.
Lately, he's taken his physical fitness to the competitive stage of the International Federation of Body Building & Fitness. He turned pro about a year ago and has gained a greater appreciation for the business side of the fitness industry. He can earn money and endorsements through the pro circuit while quenching that never-ending desire to compete. He also needs a little extra motivation because – get this – “I like to eat and drink and have a good time” and “I don’t really like working out.” Wait. What? Don’t like to work out? He might be the most physically fit 48 year old you’ll ever meet, and even he needs extra motivation to get off the couch, just like the rest of us. He loves food and is known to go on some serious binges. Following his last competition, he gained over 25 pounds! “I’m a carnivore, man. I love steak.” He also has a sweet tooth for Chunky Monkey Ice Cream and Garrett’s Popcorn in Chicago. The man loves his food, but he pays for it by working out 3 or 4 hours a day.
I think it's working.
David has been married to Linda – an Ohio State alum – for almost 25 years. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Both his daughters attended Michigan. His oldest is married to former Michigan Linebacker Brandon Logan. She’s now an assistant director for a non-profit organization that provides college access services to public schools and underrepresented students. His youngest will be a senior and is majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. She'll be travelling to Brazil this summer to study sustainability, and take in some of the Olympics.
His son played football at Toledo. He broke all of David’s old football and some track records at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, where they both attended. His son retired from football and has transferred to Ohio State to finish his college degree, although he remains a big Michigan fan. “Papa”, as the grandkids call him, has a little work to do on his son’s daughter who seems to favor Ohio State. However, the other two love Michigan since their dad and grandpa both played for the Maize and Blue.
Family, education, physical fitness, and the University of Michigan are what steer this family’s ship through the mucky waters of Columbus, Ohio.
Those who stay….
Some quick tidbits about David
He played from 1986-1990 and wore #26
His favorite Ann Arbor restaurant is the Ann Arbor Chop House
The best dish he makes is Terryaki Chicken Wings
Obviously he'd allow his son to play football, but what about his grandsons? The two boys are good sized, athletic, and come from a family of football players (father, uncles, and both grandfathers played Division 1 college football). David has some safety concerns but he feels the kids can still play the game and be safe. He wants his grandsons to make their own decisions and not base anything on other people’s expectations. They’re both athletic and very smart. Papa wants them to know they can be anything they want to be.
Back row: GA Irv Sigler, Dave Ritter (29), Tony Blankenship (31), Deon Johnson (28), Paul Brown (21), Coleman Wallace (5), Eric Bush (4)
Middle Row: Corwin Borwn (20), David Key (26), Vada Murray (27), Brian Foster (19), Coach billy Harris
Front Row: Tripp Welbourne (3), Todd Plate (6), Dwayne Wallace (8), James Otis Williams (17)
Iowa started selling single game tickets this morning. I just bought two for the Michigan @ Iowa game. Hope to see many of you in the stands!
...days until Steve Everitt steps inside Michigan stadium, goes to the Michigan sideline, and watches the Wolverines destroy Hawaii.
Steve played center for Michigan from 1989 to 1992. As a freshman, he started all twelve games. In 1990 and 1991, he split the duties with Matt Elliott and as a senior, Steve started all twelve games (that team went 9-0-3...aren't you glad ties are no longer an option?). Steve was selected as a first-team player on the 1992 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
The Cleveland Browns selected Steve in the first round (fourteenth pick) of the 1993 draft. He spent three seasons with that franchise (playing in forty-six games). In 1997, Steve signed a five-year contract with the Eagles, for whom he played three years. He was released in 2000, which is when Steve signed a two-year deal with the Rams. His NFL career spanned eight years.