John Navarre was my favorite Michigan player ever... but he seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. It's coming up on two years since he played pro football, he's not in any NFL camp or a CFL roster... anyone know what became of him?
Where Have You Gone, John Navarre?
Last I heard he is still a free agent; He tried out with the Colts but it was no avail. Sadly.
Was in Jackson in the past year ... I think it was an Alro Steel related thing - he might work for them now.
Alro Plant Manager ...
Dude got paid to live in Arizona and he ends up moving back to Wisconsin?
From a guy who was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in AZ John Navarre is a moron!
Yeah yeah whateva, my brother moved to AZ a few years ago and the "another day in pardise crap got old real quick", Give me the Dells and a tour on a Duck of the beautiful Wisconsin River anyday.
I do miss the Grand Canyon and Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings and Red Rocks of Sedona and well yeah AZ. is kinda nice too.
I wouldn't want to live there, either. (Then again, I wound up moving to Toronto, so what the hell do I know?)
Navarre also has family in the Milwaukee area (I assume), and his wife is apparently from that region, too. If they have kids now, family is a good thing to have nearby.
There was a PDF of some Wolverine e-magazine that I read a year back or so that had more info about his life now as a plant manager. I'll see if I can dig it up... does anyone know what the name of the e-mag I'm thinking of?
EDIT: Does GoBlueWolverine publish a monthly PDF or something? For some reason that is sticking in my head. I don't have a subscription, but if someone else does and has access to their archives (if it exists) then maybe it can be found there.
Respect of a sort for John Navarre being your favorite player ever.
I like your posts, in general, but what the hell with that picture?
That's Wavy Gravy from the Hog Farm! He was the driving engine behind Woodstock. But I'll switch it up if it offends. Thanks for the nice words about my posts.
John was a great QB at Michigan.He never got the recognition or fame that he should have gotten. He took a lot of heat because he couldnt win a big game, but in all fairness he never played DEFENSE!!!! It was the defense year in and year out that would fail him. Add the fact that Carr was too stubborn and would continue to commit to the running game even thou it wasnt working (I.E Oregon and Iowa in 2003). Once Carr said enough was enough John shredded the defense but just came up too short.
There was no flashiness with John (hard to be when your 6"6 250 pounds) but he was a competitor. My two favorite moments was seeing John lead block and whenever he got close to the defender he always seemed to trip with great gracefulness, a way in which just made you laugh your ass off. Second, was seeing the double pass back to John as he rumbled with 5 300 pound lineman clearing way for the TD against Minnesota in 2003 (too be honest i think the lineman were pulling away from him)
I wish him the best with everything he is doing. A great Michigan man.
To be fair, when I think of the Oregon and Iowa losses in 2003, I think of special teams hijinks.
Iowa, yes. But Oregon outplayed us in all facets.
All but one of their scores came off amazing field position due to special teams play - or just outright on the special teams play.
We had a fake punt stuffed that gave them a 40 yard field (touchdown ensued), returned a punt to our 39 (FG), gave aup a punt return for a TD, and returned a blocked punt for a TD. That doesn't count as special-teams hijinks?
It was a teamwide failure. Oregon dominated us for three quarters. We never were able to run the ball, we didn't pass for anything until the fourth quarter, and we had a tough time slowing them down on D, and our punt team couldn't punt or cover. After three quarters the score was 24-6, and our one score had come off a blocked field goal which we returned the length of the field for a TD. It took a near-miraculous fourth-quarter comeback to make it a game at the end.
Oregon fans to this day take great pleasure in noting that they held the 2003 Doak Walker Award winner to like 25 yards. The final score did not reflect the ass-kicking they handed us.
I guess he does deserve more credit considering he knows how to beat OSU, something Henne and Hart dont know nothing about.
don't know nothing?
I don't never not use that type of grammer(ar). edit can't think right now
CPS: Babby, what would you like to eat?
CPS Babby: I don't want nothing.
If it works for a three year old, it works for anyone.
I live pretty close to where he works. Maybe I'll stop and say hi someday.
I hear he found employment as the doorman for a nice family up on the hill. Adonnis...Addams...something like that.
You rrrrang sir?
da da da dum [snap snap]
da da da dam [snap snap]
da da da dum, da da da dum, da da da dum. [snap snap]
I think Misopogal would reprimand you for such childish humor, I'll give you a point!
I was expecting the next line to read something like "A program turns its lonely eyes to you."
What's that you say, Mr(s?). jmblue? Joltin' John has left and gone and away. Hey hey hey
John Navarre handing off to Chris Perry. Those were the days.
The dropped screen passes to BJ Askew they never seemed to give up on.
I like John Navarre and I hope he is happy.
but it is one hundred and fifteen fucking degrees right now. Seriously.
I can remember last year, stepping off the plane in Phoenix (was flying to Vegas), it was eight o'clock at night. Humidity was thick.
say, "yeah, but it's dry heat."
I used to get that too when I lived in Vegas. My reply to that was always,"So is my oven."
Jericho beat me to my oven metaphor
Some of my friends were in Italy (Summer 2008), and looked up and saw a 6'6'' dude. They realized it was Navarre and grabbed a photo with him. Small World.
TBH - there were times when I wasn't the biggest Navarre fan, like when he threw the ball into his the back of his offensive linemen's head (YOU'RE 6'6" HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN)....but in the end he was a very good QB and he took a lot of heat from the fans and media over his career and handled it like a professional. respect.
"like when he threw the ball into his the back of his offensive linemen's head (YOU'RE 6'6" HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN)...."
two reasons: 1) Low release point. 2) IIRC in his earlier days he telegraphed a lot of passes, leading to a lot of passes (ok maybe not in the back of an OL's head, but) batted down.
is the way he used to sit at a study table in the first floor of the undergrad just so girls would say hi to him. Loved that.
Navarre ended up as a very good QB by about the middle of his junior year. His performance in the Outback Bowl that year, in particular, was as good as any performance by a Michigan QB in a bowl game. It's just too bad that he was pressed into service before he was mentally prepared. Henson leaving early cost the Wolverines a chance at an 11-0 season in 2001. With merely competent play at QB, we would have beaten MSU that year, and probably OSU.
Navarre for Heisman.
I still get ridiculous looks when I wear that shirt, rightfully so, though most Michigan fans get a laugh out of it. Johnny Na-ver was a good not great QB, but he always got a bad rap while in school - I think a lot of people never forgave him for the early parts of his career when he shouldn't have been playing anyways (blast, Drew Henson!). 2003 was a fantastic offensive year, though, with Navarre, Braylon, Perry, et al.
specific glowing memories of John but I do think he was a very good QB in the end. I also hated the way he took so much heat for things that were clearly not his fault. I, for one, cheered him on each game and would also say he is one of my favorite UM players of all time.
As an aside, I would say this is a good argument for academic requirements for athletes. He had something to fall back on once the pro career went south. Plant manager is not a bad gig I don't suspect.
That son-of-a-bitch crowned field is burned into my skull.
It's too bad that the fan base is so fickle when it comes to QBs. Navarre was never embraced despite his senior year awesomeness, and Henne was booed in early 2007 (I still can't imagine what would cause someone to boo Henne after the career he had to that point).