So, I'm bored sitting here at school, and was wondering who is your all-time favorite Wolverine? First time post here so go easy on me. Go Blue!
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Desmond Howard - i was in the corner endzone for "the catch" as a little boy and ill never forget it
I really wish I could get a transcript about what exactly he said at the bust banquet though because that may change things for me
Then there are a whole bunch who would be hard to pick from if Woodson wasn't in the fold.
Tyrone Wheatley; it was during his time at Michigan that i started REALLY watching college football and loving the wolverines, and also why i always wore a single digit number, even as i grew into a DE. A close second to Charles Woodson, because he's a stud for my favorite pro team
Definitely Wheatley..I loved watching him run. He could run by, around and through tacklers.
Has to be Desmond - I was in school with him - played basketball with him a number of times. Genuinely nice guy at the time (I assume he still is), and he never seemed to let the heisman stuff get to his head. Obviously his on the field stuff was legendary...
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I couldn't narrow it down to one favorite on this year's team.
After thinking long and hard, I've narrowed it down to AC Vada-Molkley.
AC for now...Denard likely to change that.
Can't believe I'm the first to say Mike Hart.
Also high up on the list, being a NY guy (Marquise Walker, then also). Damn, so many to choose from
It changes year to year, and sometimes month to month, but I be liken me some Steve Hutchinson lately. I met him in person and he was just a stand up guy. A senior at UofM that had a bright NFL future ahead of him did not have to take the time to take a picture with some punk 9th grader and ask me questions like he was truly interested. We talked for about 5-10 minutes, I will never forget how awesome he was.
are those who stay
Woodson. Man, that '97 season got better with every game. And Woodson, you just expected so much from him each game and then he would deliver beyond those expectations. Every game. #2 is THE best.
Sorry, I mean Charles Woodson.
I figured it would have been the guy in your picture, as I recall he had a few great achievements as a Wolverine.
Nah, he just has a pretty smile.
May sound corny, but my favorite was Jake Frysinger. I played junior league ball with him in Woodhaven (til he outgrew the weight limit and then moved to Grosse Ile). We played against each other in basketball after that, including a double-overtime game when we were freshman. I moved to Ohio my sophomore year and that was it. We were never really close, but it was always cool to watch him play at Michigan.
I've been back and forth with a few, but I have to go with Woodley, guy could just go into beast mode and tear through offenses. Always loved watching him play for the Maize and Blue
a linebacker. He gave his knee and his career to U of M. I try to forget that other stuff.
Those who stay... etc.
Rick Leach was the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Wolverines and ran the option to perfection for four years. In 1978 Bo said "He is the greatest football player I have ever been associated with."
For those too young to remember go to http://gutsnglue.tripod.com/leachbio.htm
(though my avatar should have been a tip-off).
Picking a top five is just as hard as picking a #1, but here I go: Leach, plus AC, Denard, A-Train, and Jumbo Elliott
as a Michigan player. One of the most fiery competitors we've ever had. His guarantee of a Michigan win against TSIO was legendary.
Jarrett irons. All American LB and was my first jersey. And still wear it on gameday.
I sat next to Irons during a basketball game one year. He was a cool guy. When he signed my program he passed it to the guy next to him to sign. It was Woodson, but at the time I had no idea who Woodson was. Maybe he was on a recruiting trip. That's my "cool story bro".
That's an awesome story. I had the opportunity to hang out with BJ Askew a while back. He showed up at a bar I worked at. Had a few beverages and talked Michigan football. Another class act.
Woodley, Woodson, Hart, A-Train, Braylon, Desmond, Wheatley, even Elvis, Perry, Brady, etc etc etc
But if I had to cut the list down, #56 and #2 in a slight lead above all else.
Woodson! With Braylon coming in a close second.
Tshimanga Biakabutuka, and not just because of his name.
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Tshimanga Biakabutuka. It's a shame his NFL career never happened because of injury.
David Molk tied with Woodley.
Couldn't agree more. Loved the attitudes of both of them.. I have a feeling Lewan will be joining this list in a few years
Tyrone Wheatley. The reason I wore 6 throughout my sporting career. That Rose Bowl against Washington was magical.
edit: also Mario Manningham beacause of 2006 against ND and The New Math game and he just seemingly had more talent than everyone else on the field. Never put it together fully but man he had some magical moments. And he was truly lethal on that Capital One Bowl against Florida. Did a damn fine Percy Harvin impersonation.
Tyrone Wheatley, my first Michigan football jersey. Also, a personalized Wheatley autographed picture and frame is sitting on my desk right now.
Woodson, Woodley, Biakabutuka, Molk and Long. In that order.
Wheatley, Prescott Burgess, Jake Long, A-train to name just a few haha
I have a soft spot for the true grit of a baby faced walk-on who became one of our best defensive players. He was a beacon of light in the darkness of those three years that never happened.
Aside from the woodsons and Howards already mentioned, I'll list my favorites that weren't necessarily the most decorated players: David Harris, Adrian Arrington.
I think Shane Morris might change it in the future though.
were the first two players I loved as a kid.
My Top 5
I like Steve Everitt not because I watched him play growing up, but because he just looks like a badass.
Probably myself otherwise everything else is irrelevent.
But as far as football players are concerned, I've been watching closely for 30 years and I honestly can't think of another player that has been as enjoyable to watch from his very first snap as Denard Robinson. I don't like to play favorites...but I really have been in love with Denard for the past three years. Should I tell him that I love him?...Or would that just be too weird right now?
Team 132....all of them....plus Desmond and Harbaugh.