#7 Drew Henson
Favorite players by jersey numbers
#8 Jason Avant
Not even close......
#7 Ricky Leach
I second that. Ricky Leach is one of the biggest reasons I'm a Michigan fan.
I am wearing a replica "M" home jersey with #7 on it right now. I am 45 years old. I realize how ridiculous that is, but you never really outgrow your childhood heroes.
#7 Chris Floyd. The beast.
I would have picked Marlin Jackson at #3
We might as well not even discuss #16. I think we all know who our favorite is there. Damnit. I told myself I wasn't gonna cry.
For 99.9% of Michigan fans, probably. Nothing against Denard, but John Navarre was the QB and my favorite player duing those influential childhood years that make a kid become a lifelong Michigan fan (8-11 years old for me). He may not be in the same class as Denard or some of the great QB's to play for Michigan, but he's still my favorite player.
Seriously, I respect you immensely. Even John Navarre wasn't John Navarre's favorite player. I have never, ever, never, ever heard anyone say John Navarre was their favorite player. You have some gusto my friend, and for that you have my respect.
... but he holds a number of Michigan passing records, won a Big Ten Championship and beat Ohio in his senior season. In terms of production, this isn't as much of a stretch as you're making it out to be.
Denard is one of the most exciting College Football players ever to lace (or not) up a pair of cleats, but show a little respect for the other #16.
Thanks. I completely understand why people aren't high on Navarre. An unknown QB taking over for a big time player like Drew Henson had to be the most frustrating thing ever. Add to that his lack of mobility, knockdowns at the line even though he's 6' 6'', and the tough losses during his career, and you have a very frustrated fanbase.
My friends still make fun of me to this day for saying Navarre is my all time favorite Michigan player. But man, as a 9 or 10 year old kid just getting into Michigan football as a serious fan and seeing Navarre throw that deep ball. It's something special that can never be matched.
I loved watching Navarre. He's definitley one of the most underappreciated Wolverines of our time, and the 2003 Michigan-Ohio game was a classic.
Anthony Carter was All-America in 1981 and 1982...Smith was getting the ball to him both seasons.
Not saying he's as good as Denard, obviously...but let's not suggest the discussion is over before it even begins.
(shout out to Jonas Mouton)
From an old timer, 5 would be Gordie Bell. And while I'm at it, 9 Dennis Franklin.
4. Brandon Minor
6. Donovan Warren
(Mine also reflects my time)
What's with you guys?
#6 Tyronne Wheatley
#7 Ricky Leach
#9 Dennis Franklin
mGrowOld vs. MStillYoung: Fight!
If they ever put a ring of honor or something like that at the stadium I'll take my choices to be up there over his
Donovan Warren over Tyronne Wheatley? I mean.....seriously?
I'm sure there's an old timer or two who will tell you Tyrone Wheatley didn't hold a candle to the original number eight, Karl S Staatz.
I think even the old timers know that Wheatly didn't wear number 8
looking through Bentley for two responses at once and then don't re-read before posting. I'll go sit in the box, two minutes, feel shame.
Not exactly funny anymore, but it would be Lawrence S Rohehm with the old timers support over Wheatley.
Granted, I'm still in high school. I can't really say guys like Wheatley, because I never saw them play. I'm just going off of who I've seen play. I barely saw Woodson play.
I'm actually a lot closer to you than mGrowOld; my circa 1997 memories of Woodson are more snippets than anything else, and nothing before him really registered (HTTV and the winged helmets did, though) so obviously I didn't ever see Carter or Wheatley or Howard or any of those guys live.
To be fair I'm debating favorite jersey's of Michigan players with my fellow Michigan fans, some of who barely remember the Big House without lights.
Is this what the kids call "getting trolled"?
8's a tough one chis howard or nick sheridan?
No Walter Cross love?
3 Welbourne (with 1 McMurtry, 2 Calloway and Vada Murray)
to be considered 11 or 32? (or both)
Kovacs at 11 is great, because for 32 I can't top Anthony Thomas.
Nor could I. My first favorite UM player
I mean come on.... He's a fourth year starter, team captain, beloved by Michigan fans everywhere and mentioned on this board thousands of times... But yet people can't spell the mans name right. It's KOVACS!!!!!
Do people spell Jordan Kovacs name wrong?
I mean I'm a huge fan of kovacs, and still pretty young (21) but there is no way in hell I put him ahead of the three wistert bros. I mean they did retire the number for them...
12 Devin Gardner
#5 John Wangler
...I was thinkning we'd be stuck with Forcier at 5. We'll always have Notre Dame in 2009, Tater.
20: Mike Hart
55: Brandon Graham
86: Mario Manningham
3. Marlin Jackson/Tripp
Good list, but for goodness sake take a stand!
Woodson / Crable
and maybe even, "To kick off for Michigan, ___ ____ ____"
Do a list 1-99. If possible.
Your list kicks ass other than #9. Swap out Dennis Franklin for Mercury Hayes.
Very nice. I would change
8 Avant over Howard
9 Franklin over Hayes
12 Ricky Powers over Dreisbach
15 Elvis Grbac over Breaston
18 Amani Toomer over Gonzales
Come on man ... Dude was awesome when he and Hayes were tearing it up.
has to be jamie morris hands down!!!
...worst injustice is that the only college highlight people associate with him is Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary. He was a magnificent DB at Michigan and one of the best in the NFL for a long while.
OTish but Michigan volleyball just knocked off #14 ohio in columbus.
77: Jake Long
81 Glen Steele
The Space Emperor, Zoltan Mesko.
41 goes to the late great Rob Lytle. Hon. mention to the Space Emperor
Lytle was the perfect Bo-era back. Had a decent NFL career, too.
As requested, here is my 1-99 list.
- 1973- 10-0-1 record: The infamous tie against ohio stopped Michigan from a perfect season. Despite Michigan outplaying ohio, the Big Ten ADs voted ohio to go to the Rose Bowl. Michigan was selected as a national champion by the NCF. The university has yet to release any statement and/or acknowledge the selection.
- 1992- 9-0-3 record: Michigan mumbled and bumbled to 3 frustrating ties against notre dame on the road, illinois at home and ohio on the road. Michigan won a Rose Bowl shootout that year.
- 2003- 10-3 record: Had the talent, but didn't have the luck. Lost their regular season games by a combined 7 points. Got beat by eventual AP national champion USC in the Rose Bowl.
- 1985- 10-1-1 record: Lost 12-10 to iowa on the road in a #1 vs #2 matchup. iowa scored all of their points on FGs. Michigan tied a vastly inferior illinois team 3-3. Michigan beat nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl to close out the year.
- 2006- 11-2 record: We all know what happened. I rather not talk about because it still pains me to this day.
That's an impressive list. Much respect.
You, sir, win the Michiganternet.
88 needs moar Mandich
Gonzales over Amani Toomer? What is this malarkey?
Disagree on your "didnt win the big one list"
1. 1973 - Agreed
2. 1971 - 11-1 Record: Outscored opposition 414 - 83. Only loss 13-12 in Rose Bowl to Stanford
3. 1974 - 10-1 Record: Outscored opposition 328 - 75. Only loss 12-10 to OSU in which Michigan's kicker Mike Lantry wasnt given credit for a game winning kick despite it going through the uprights with 16 seconds to go (on BTN today)
4. 1985 - Agreed
5. 2006 - Agreed
I dont think the 92 team nor the 2003 team's belong on this list. They were good but nothing compared to the 1972-1974 juggernaut Bo assembled. FYI - his starting QB Dennis Franklin went 30-2-1 in his three years as a starter and never even went to a bowl game!
I like it. A few I would do differently...
18. Toomer over Gonzalez.
23. Jamie Morris over Perry.
82. Tony McGee was 88, at least when he was making an impact.
84. Paul Jokish over Thompson.
94. Jason Horn over Massey.
10. An argument can be made for Todd Collins.
36. Steve Morrison over Shea.
can't believe you don't have Mark Messner in the #60 slot
How can you put 8 teams in a list of your top 5 favorite teams?
... the Wheatley game was awesome. I was wondering how we'd get back in it when he broke the 90+ yard run and thereafter I had no doubt. He just looked invincible that day.
The 2003 team ran into a complete buzzsaw in the Rose Bowl. I know some people who thought that the game would have been very different if Braylon had held onto the deep bomb that slid through his hands, but that was one of the few times he got open and one of the even fewer times USC didn't just crush the protection. USC had 9 sacks, and I remember wondering how high one of the LBs and DEs would go in the draft, since they seemingly lived in our backfield. (Lofa Tatupu and Kenechi Udeze, for those who remember. Udeze had a good rookie year but got hurt and then got a lymphoma diagnosis - he's currently a S&C coach at Washington, I think. Tatupu is a free agent who is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. Those guys were good.)
The other guy I remember from that USC team wasn't Leinert - he was good, but not dominating us like I would have expected a future top NFL pick to do; some of his throws floated, and he didn't really take advantage of the complete stifling of our offense - but this skinny redshirted RB who seemingly disapparated through tacklers and reappeared moving at full speed. Some kid named Reggie Bush.
That USC team was absolutely friggin' loaded. Don't remember how many future NFL players were on their roster, but it looked like there were a ton. (The three I mentioned above plus Mike Williams, Lendale White and Matt Leinert - Winston Justice was at tackle, and Sedric Ellis was a future DE.)
Holy cow. I just went and checked and ... well, see for yourselves:
#25 has got to be Harlan Huckleby.
And a close second for #6 is Ali Haji-Sheikh, but only because of the way the PA announcer said his name...
Can't argue with Huckleby. The guy I'll always remember wearing the jersey is
#25 John Vaughn.
GREAT list, first of all...quality work.
Agree w/ the previous mentions of Amani Toomer at 18.
72 needs to be Dan Dierdorf. NFL HOF'er and poster child (along with Mandich, 88) for the "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" 1969 team.
33 - Leroy Hoard
33 - Leroy Hoard
9: obviously Hayes
Much respect for Floyd at 7. I've always had a soft spot for FB's and he was a monster.
Since you bring it up, that '95 team, or maybe it was '96, our regular/starting D featured guys with the names Irons, Gold, Steele, Sword, Swett, and Huff. Always struck me, that collection of nouns, all on the defense at the same time. There was also a King and a Knight on that team.
BIG TEXT IS BIG
Whoops, sorry not sure how I did that.
Bo's greatest captain #41 Andy Cannivino
Of course I'm biased, but I think #8 should go to Avant. Nothing against Howard, but there is a reason we hope that every non-burner receiver that commits here is the next Avant. It took an imaginary 9-foot receiver to cause an incomplete pass if it was thrown in Avant's general direction.
1. Anthony Carter
2. Charles Woodson
3. Tripp Welbourne
5. Gordie Bell
8. Chris Howard
9. Dennis Franklin
I had to get a couple Fab Five members on this list.
I give you Webber over Harbaugh but have to hold on to Gordie Bell over Jalen...much as I love Jalen.
...then 3 needs to be Jack Johnson
...and 9 needs to be Milan Gajic (just kidding...that's Red Berenson all the way).
Griese wore #14
#16 John Navarre before Denard showed up now i dont remember anyone by the name Navarre
47-Oosterbann/Jake MF Ryan
An abridged version.
will never be better than the A-Train!!!
1. Greg Willner
10. Pretty Hair
11. Wiserts #1, #2, #3
20. Mike Hart
29. Marcus Ray
funny, my favorite #47 is definately Jake MF Ryan - way over Oosterbann, which, like, not right but true.
3- justin feagin
8- nick sheridan
10- steven threet
12- david cone
15- ryan mallett
#58 Rob Renes
#44 Desmond Morgan (with respect to Mr. President)
Me president never wore 44... 48
Pretty sure he meant out of respect to Ford, he'd list Morgan with the number Morgan had before the switch to the legends jersey.
1 - Braylon Edwards
2 - Charles Woodson
3 - Marlin Jackson
4 - Marquise Walker
5 - Tate Forcier
6 - Donovan Warren
7 - Chad Henne
8 - Chris Howard
9 - Martavious Odoms
10 - Tom Brady
Not really a fan of the selections of 5 and 10 (Tate was really only person I remember making an impact in #5 and I was a Henson fan more than Brady), but there it is, for what my Bolivian opinion is worth.
2 - Tpryor. He Fd up Ohio real good
My 1-10 list is similar to many others. Some of my favorites and their numbers:
#42 Tony Boles
#7 Chris Floyd
#20 Ian Gold
#25 John Vaughn
#40 John Kolesar
#66 Mike Hammerstein
#80 Alan Branch
#58 Rob Renes