Why couldn't Peppers get 11 since it seems that the coaching staff wants to put DBs in the Wisert Bro's number?
Next Seasons Legend Jerseys
An unproven player should never get a reserved number. I could see Countess or Taylor getting a reserved number before the season starts, but none of the other DBs.
Disagree. Taking a number from someone established so they can wear a legends number is one of the biggest things I don't like about the Legends Jersey program. Give it to the young guys as a motivational tool and let them try to live up to it.
The big question. Does Gardner keep wearing 98?
He is going back to 12, admiting he had a terrible year and was not worthy of the praise to wear that number. Are you serious?
Whoa whoa whoa. I don't want to rip it off of his back. I think it is awesome that our QB wears 98. And if anyone deserves it, it is Devin Gardner after getting his ribs ground into a fine paste over the past month. And even furthermore after that OSU game.
People on this site didn't want him to wear it for more than 1 game. I was just bringing up the possibility that it could be just a 1 year thing.
I personally wouldn't be shocked if DG wanted to hang up 98, and go back to 12, out of respect to Tom Harmon. But it is his call to make.
Musburger said he would wear it for the remainder of his career the night it was given to him for what it's worth.
we all know Brent Musberger is NEVER wrong.
After all, he told us that the throwback screen to Gallon that went for a touchdown in UTL 1 was, " a play that Michigan worked on in practice." Duh.
Worthy of wearing a legacy number, there is no way, except being thrown off the team would they ask or allow you to return the number. Never going to happen.
Did anyone else check Devin's season-end stats and do a double take?
21-11 TD-INT (+11 Rush Tds)
Who was the last 3000 yard passer at M? Navarre? and before him?
Caveat, of course, is "The Three Good Games"
1248 YDS, 10-1 TD-Int (+5 Rush Tds) against ND, IU, OSU
1712 YDS, 11-10 TD-Int (+6 Rush Tds) against the other 9
Still, he has the potential for a Vince Young 5th year senior season.
I know that this is a completely unrealistic extrapolation, but:
If you were to stretch those three games into a full year, Gardner would have
- 4992 yards, 40-4 TD:INT (+20 Rush TDs) over 12 games. ABSURD.
Now, for the sake of not losing our minds, let's just cut that in half and then extrapolate the remainder:
- 3744 yards, 30-12 TD:INT (+14 Rush TDs) over 12 games. ALSO ABSURD.
Bottom line: this is why I don't math.
wow, plus 8.6 YPA
that's the season of a returning Heisman candidate
Who was the last 3000 yard passer at M? Navarre? and before him?
Navarre in 2003 posted the only 3,000-yard season in school history. Gardner's 2013 season is already #2 all-time.
Absolutely. First of all, he'll be a 5th year senior, his team's starting QB, and someone who's toughness and determination was obvious through a difficult season.
Second of all, why would you give your QB an honor and then take it away from him? "We thought you'd earned it, but we just think you'd better go back to being #12." You don't do that to your QB.
I assume the current numbers won't change.
47 - Ryan
48 - Morgan
87 - Funchess
98 - Gardner
It is possible that the coaching staff won't give out 11 or 21 next year because I can't think of anyone deserving. Maybe Countess to 11 since Hoke seems to like DBs in that number, but no WR deserves 21 right now.
And give Butt 87
Why does Funchess need to change? I think 87 is a pretty badass receiver's number.
to wear any Michigan jersey number when they commit a portion of their lives to the university. I believe that Legends Jerseys present something toward which they might aspire. Let the people that see the players on a daily basis decide who deserves to wear a given number, it should never be subject to a decision by fans.
why would you take the legends jersey from your 5th year senior quarter back who just threw for 2960 yds and 21 touchdowns while rushing for another 11 tds and almost 500 yds?
And please for the love of god, let anyone who wants a certain number to wear that number*.
Said player doesn't need to live up to a legend. Just represent them through hard work, and keeping your chin clean. The reminder of who that legend was can be seen no matter if it was Gallon wearing #21, or Joe Reynolds who wore it.
*Except #1 which is for the elite WR's, #2 for the elite DB's, and IMO, 98 should be unofficially retired out of respect from our players to M's biggest hero.
Full agreement with this. Give the numbers to freshman next year (or any returning player that specifically wants it). If they become contributors, great, if not, so be it.
The patches will get seen and occasionally a TV guy will take note. Pretty much the same thing that happens today. When was the last time a TV guy mentioned Funchess wearing 87, Morgan wearing 48 or Avery 11? I don't recall it once this season, but it's probably happened. In any event, aside from Harmon's 98 and 21 because of the Desmond connection being fresh, the rest of the world has moved on from caring.
Allowing players to have the numbers early in the career allows the player and the fans to identify with that number. I think that's more worthwhile than trying to swap in 4-5 new numbers every year.
"Except #1 which is for the elite WR's,"
Like Greg McMurty in 1986? Oh wait... he was 4th on the team in receptions, 2nd in yards receiving.
Like Derrick Alexander in 1990? The distant second best receiver on the team behind Desmond Howard...
Like Tyrone Butterfield in 1994? When he never even saw the field... Or 1995 and 1996 where he caught all 4 receptions he had for his career...
Like David Terrell in 1998 - where he was the 6th receiver on the team.
Generally it wasn't given to the best receiver on the team in the past - just A receiver.
Just becase you repeat the same inane comment in two threads doesnt make it any more valid. Again, the #1 didnt come with the standard with that is applied to it now. Things change. And in this case, the less they stayed the same.
Has anything really changed, or is Braylon just an outlier trying to keep attention on himself?
...and if things have changed - is the change worthwhile, or should we revert to our historic behavior?
My only comment on the Braylon thing is that RR committed a boneheaded act, and Braylon reacted boneheaddedly. In my opinion, both are equally to blame for all the hype around that event.
As for whether things are better or worse now - I would agree that they are worse now since the #1 has not seen the light of day for years. I think it should be given to the best WR on the team when the previous recipient graduates. Thus, compeitition begins when other WRs know that guy is leaving. It then acts as a motivating tool. Just like the Heisman is given out every year, even though there is not a Harmon or Woodson every year, the #1 should always be in play.
I am still a proponent of giving #1 & #2 out to freshman. They should just be position group numbers. And IMO, it would make sense to give it to a 5* freshman you believe can contribute right away over a 3* that might need a few years before seeing the field.
If anyone gets #21 it should be Norfleet. I don't think that the "criteria" for the legend jerseys have been established as of yet besides nominal positions and some seniority.
IMO #21 should go to a tiny receiver/returner, so Norfleet is perfect.
#11 is also available as Avery is graduating, and I'd love to see it on a DL. Willy Henry perhaps?
Norfleet? He had 5 receptions for 37 yards this season. Some comments on here are just stunners.
That was no dame, that was my wife...
and he returns kicks, and probably punts next year, both of which Desmond did. Avery wasn't playing when he was awarded a legends jersey, same with Brandon Moore, but they were seniors, and saw the field.
If you don't think a little guy returning kicks should wear 21... who should? If the standards are ridiculously high who is ever going to wear one of these? Does Morgan really "Deserve" to wear a president's number?
He does. 4 year starter and hails from the west side of the state just like President Ford. Morgan wearing 48 is my favorite legends jersey choice so far.
It's not like Courtney Avery "deserved" #11 based off his past play. He got it because the coaches liked his leadership and progression.
Just because Norfleet is short and returns kicks and punts doesn't make him worthy of the 21 designation. It is supposed to be earned.
The thing that is missing from this board is prospective. Someone offers an opinion and ten people fight to make themselves look stupid by slamming them. Did none of your mothers teach you that if you don' have something nice to say don't say anything? Dennis Norfleet is a warrior no doubt about it. I most like his coverage on kickoffs. If you watched at all this year you would have noticed that he is the first one down the field on coverage and he always seemed to be in on the tackle. A stretch to call him a receiver maybe, but he packs a lot of football player into that frame.
Actually, I find your comment more stunning than JeepinBen's. So, because I think it's rediculous to think Norfleet deserves the #21, I am accused of not watching a game this season? I am implicitly accused of thinking Norfleet is not a warrior or a good special teams guy? Having watched all but one game, I think he is both. But he is still far, far from deserving the #21.
Do you think that Desmond saw that honor as "no one is good enough to wear my jersey unless they win a heisman?" Or do you think that Desmond might want his honor, you know, worn and on the field?
There is no clear choice as to who deserves it - our best WR is graduating, and our second best is a TE/WR hybrid. But, the next best true WR is Chesson with 13 catches for 213 yards. However, I can say that Norfleet, in my opinion, is not deserving at this point. Perhaps he will be soon - but he has to show more being a decent special teams play. Being short and tough is not a qualifier.
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Hopefully nobody. Except for maybe one game. I think the Legends Jersey thing is so stupid. It doesn't give anybody a chance to create their own legacy.
One-game legend jerseys (homecoming?) is a fantastic idea that delivers the best of both worlds. So it will never happen.
Legends jersey are stupid. It should be a one game honor (or maybe senior season). It deprives the players of leaving their own legacy.
I don't disagree. Allowing a player to establish their own legacy is important, however with the potential for lots and lots of talented players that could attend Michgan over time, you start running the risk of retiring too many numbers.
"Starting WR, #87....Joe Smith...
Starting DE, #87....Steve Jones....
Starting kicker, #87...."
When we typically field over 100 kids and we're already doubling up numbers, this could be problematic in a number of years.
This is why the Legends Jersey idea is stupid...
Is there any turning back from the Legends jerseys? I understand what there thinking was but it just isn't pleasing the fan base, IMO. I'd be fine with the special jerseys/patches being worn for one game (maybe homecoming or The Game, even) but I think for the rest of a players career causes too much chaos.
you know coaches refuse to notice freshmen greatness right away. they wait them out, no jerseys until you make a play. I don't anyone getting one. I wouldn't be against countess getting one. I could maybe see Raymon Taylor getting 11 if countess gets 2 but I bet countess gets 11 and that's all.
This is the issue I have. Freshman are just as capable as anyone to be able to wear a legends jersey if they would want that number and no upperclassmen wanted to change to it. These things shouldn't be forced on to anyone. Just offered to everyone. Seniority should be the pecking order though.
The #1 was given out to true freshman until Lloyd wanted Braylon to "earn it." And now no one wears the number.
Why can't we go back to that?
would you want that to happen with a patched freshmen again? it would make a mockary of getting that jersey.
That happens sometimes. So be it. It's better than the revolving door that has been the 21 jersey for the past 3 seasons. If anything, that jersey is losing its muster because it gets passed around more than Taylor Swift.
My thought has always been that the jerseys should be awarded by the outgoing senior class to the "underclassmen of the year". That way young players are recognized for their hard work and success on the field by their teammates, and everyone who gets a legends jersey wears it for at least two years (unless they leave early for the NFL, but I doubt we'd grumble about the guy wearing the number in that case).
Seems to solve a couple of problems - you avoid the "revolving door" syndrome and you don't have an established senior you know as number X suddenly being number Y. At the same time, you're not giving a legends patch to a freshman just for showing up.
hope they discontinue the practice. I don't like it.
I don't mind it. I wish they would honor the legend and have the player wear the jersey for that one game. Let them go back to their number for the rest of the season and make their own legacy.
The "make their own legacy" argument is so damn stupid.
A players actions will outshine whatever number they wear. That is why we remember Braylon and Carter (rand Butterfield, and Terrel, etc). And not just one of them. Players can add a legacy to numbers just as they could carve their own.
If Peppers turn into Woodson or better-Woodson it won't matter if he wears 2, 5 or whatever. What's better? A youngster growing up saying I want to wear 5 because Peppers did? Or I want to wear 2 because Woodson AND Peppers did? Or a young LB saying he wants to wear 90 because Jake Ryan did, or he wants to wear 47 because Jake Ryan did, while giving kudos to Bennie Oosterbaan on top of that? Not to mention if Peppers does carve his own legacy, it won't be honored by the school for 20-40 years anyways.
TL;DR version: If a player is good enough to become a M Legend, the number they wear will be immortalized in the fans eyes no matter who wore it before them.
If only Barry Sanders had been able to create his own legacy. Instead, he was saddled with Billy Sims' number.
My favorite example was Junior Hemmingway. He wore the #21 before & after they made it a Legends jersey. Why is it cool that he wore it as a true freshman, but now because they have a patch on there, only upperclassmen who deserve it can?
No one knew he would pan out, win a Sugar Bowl MVP, be an awesome jump ball dude, & make it to an NFL roster. He got to wear it anyways. He grew into a good receiver while wearing it.
But what if he didn't? If he never saw the field? Would they have not honored Desmond Howard until someone "worthy" had the jersey? Would they have taken his number away and given it to Roundtree or Gallon? I don't think so.
Who, in turn, was saddled with Lem Barney's number.
Except that Barry never had to wear Billy Sims' name on his chest on a goofy NASCAR patch.
What do kids growing up wanting to wear a number have anything to do with the few players that have the chance to play at Michigan? Let alone be in a position to have a legends jersey. I'm just saying if someone has a different number that they've always had and wanted to have throughout their career, why make them change it? Sure, it is an honor, but I think part of them would like to keep their own number.
why do you assume that the players don't have any input at all? do you think the coaches aren't sensitive to these kinds of things? do you think they haven't talked to the players about it? do you think funchess for instance was forced to wear #87?
I'm not saying they are forced. But how do you expect them to respond when asked if they want have a legends number for the rest of their career? Are they really going to turn it down even if they want no part of it?
Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. But I was talking about kids that grow up to come to Michigan, and/or the freshman. I don't like switching numbers mid-career. That's why I think only players that want a certain number should get it. If that falls to a freshman so be it.
Plus a legacy should be with the player, not the number. The only reason the number is important is that a younger generation can pick there number based off of a certain player. If someone does look up to or idolize Charles Woodson, then the #2 probably doesn't mean anything to them. But if that same kid does idolize Woodson, what's wrong with him being able to wear that number if he comes?
If Gallon's dream was to fallow in the footsteps of Desmond Howard, and want wear his number, then I am glad he finally got the chance to. If not, idk why you would give it to him over an underclassmen that does.
If they give them out, my guess would be...
#11 - Jarrod Wilson
#21 - Devin Funchess
#87 - Jake Butt
The one I would be unsure of is Funchess. He was already given a legacy jersey, and I don't know if the coaching staff would want to take it away from him. I think he wears it until he leaves. Just my opinion.
#11 - Jarrod Wilson
#87 - Jake Butt
#21 - Amara Darboh
#1 - Devin Funchess
I like that, if he gets moved to WR on the depth chart officially
I really doubt they would give it to Darboh, who barely played as a freshman and then missed this year due to injury. If any other WR gets a Legends jersey, I imagine it would be Chesson.
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.
to sell more shirts. Peppers comes in and wears say #5 in his freshman year. People rush off to buy #5 jerseys. Next year the coaching staff gives him #2, again people rush out to buy #2 jerseys. It is a win-win for the university.
I think it actually has the opposite effect. If you know the best players are going to wear a legends jersey every year, you buy one and you're pretty much set. No need to buy your favorite WR's jersey, he'll either be 21 or 1 in the future.
which is thed reason i like the legend jerseys... numerous times this year i've been asked why the michigan qb wears #98 and after i explain the reasoning all i hear in response is positives.
Did not Anthony Carter wear it from day one?
As well as pretty much every other #1 before Braylon.
...but I repeat.
Give Funchess #21
Give Butt #87
I've said this a million times. STOP WITH THE SILLY LEGENDS JERSEYS.
Find a plot of land outside the stadium and build a monument park like the Yankees have. Statues and plaques and memorials.
You have these current legends...why not make a staute of a each of them, this way you can add Woodson and AC in the near future.
Stop it with the jerseys and the lockers. It's such a dumb idea.
You have no idea how many hoops the ADept had to jump through just to get a statue of Bo at Schembechler Hall.
I like your idea of having a ring of honor type thing around the concourse, but it takes away from "The Team" concept.
Who says in this memorial park that you can't honor great TEAMS of Michigan?
I wouldn't do it on the concourse. I'd make a park. It would have statues and history, basically an outdoor museum.
I'd honor, great players, great teams, great coaches, great plays, everything...I should be able to learn and honor all of the great things about Michigan at this memorial.
It should be an honor to be included in the Michigan Stadium Memorial Park just as it would be to have your number retired or a legends jersey.
How about the Legends come out only once a year? Maybe Homecoming? Other than that, the players wear their numbers and the jerseys are still retired?
Very solid idea
This whole thing is dumb. Let Freshman choose from available numbers. The "retired" numbers can be handed out to Freshman or Sophomores who want them and the coaches decide they reflect the qualities necessary to carry on the legacy or "legend" of the original player. They may or may not pan out but this changing numbers and ceremonies are dumb.
It has to be earned. Can you imagine Cisko wearing #2 in his freshman year?
In hindsight no, but if it was his first game ever, with all the hype he had, yes. Especially if he had used that number as a motivational tool. You never know if aspiring to live up to the #2 could have altered his mindset and drive him to be the best Michigan Man he could be.
This rings especially true if he was here under Hoke & Mattison's rule.
Sisqo? I'd rather him wear the number two instead of a thong.
How about everyone just go back to the number they were wearing before so they can make their own legacies without someone else's name on the front of their jersey?
Tough to make your own distinct legacy when wearing a legacy jersey of someone else.
DIsagree. You can make your own legacy by your name. In fact, I would say that the legacies are tied to names and the actual people, not the numbers. We honor them by the number, but who they were and what they did is separate from that number. In other words, the number is an abstraction from who they were, what they did.
So, say Garner wins the Heisman next year; years down the road he will be remembered for what he did, who he was, and only secondarily for the number he wore. But, the number he wore will be special in that it was a legacy number, and will make him more memorable - he wore the 98 while also winning the Heisman. Its all the better of a story. Plus, you add his name to the jersey.
To me, that two heralded players (heismans or all americans or whatever) wore the same number makes them more special, and their legacy even more memorable.
why does everyone believe this? i just. don't. get. it.
do you think no one is going to remember jeremy gallon because he wore #21 as a senior instead of #10? dude, that's just... laughable.
gallon is one of my favorite players ever. i think his legacy is going to be just fine...
They'll make their own legacies regardless of what number jersey they're wearing. Look to the #1s.
The greatest play he had was the pass he DIDN'T catch against Virginia. Would've been tackled in bounds and the clock would have run out.
but my point is that you remember that play regardless of the number worn. You don't confuse Butterfield with, say, Derrick Alexander in that instance.
#2 will not be honored or turned into a Legends number until Woodson finishes his degree. I always hear that when this topic comes up.
Same thing with Trey Burke who deserves to have his #3 hung up in the rafters at Crisler to be honored if not retired. Remember, only one of the five numbers hanging in Crisler are actually retired.
Amara Darboh - #21
Blake Countess- #11
sounds like you're making a slippery slope argument. the truth is that legends patches have nothing to do with any of the nonsense that you mentioned. sorry that you don't link them but they're awesome and they're here to stay so you should probably get used to it already.
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So Peppers can wear it without much ado. I mean, Justin Turner had it. If Peppers is a bust or just decent, then it doesn't matter -- he can still wear #2.
#2 will get a patch, and it will say "Charles Woodson" on it. Peppers has to accept that reality if he wears it. No matter how good he is, it will always be Woodson's patch.
The patch numbers are fine, and I think it's great to give them to established players who have earned them, but I don't think they should ever be taken away, once given, from a player who remains in good standing on the team. Surely these coaches feel the same way.
If you start taking numbers away, you're stuck in the insanity that is #1. Honestly, I'd like to see them patch it, with AC's name on it, the same year they do Woodson. Braylon becomes just one of the great players who wore #1. Just like, say, Gardner would be if he were to achieve enlightenment and win a Heisman and a national championship next year wearing 98. Then at least they could give #1 to someone. The current limbo is just stupid. Just give it to George Campbell, or whoever.
1.) Re-reitre all of the Legends jerseys.
2.) Give out Legends jerseys to seniors on homecomming.
3.) Seniors who were awarded Jerseys get a Legends patch on their standard jersey for the rest of the year.
We don't want no stinking badges!
Oh badges would be so cool. They could be put on a sash too! Plus is gives Dave Brandon more advertising space!!
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We don't want no stinking badges!
I'll take my Fan Endurance badges, though.
As in, once the seniors wearing legends jerseys graduate, the coaches shouldn't just sit down and say, "Okay, who wears the number now?" It should be more like the #1 jersey, given when deserved.
I just think that what's cool about the numbers is actually having them on the field. #1 hasn't been worn since Braylon made a huge deal about "deserving" it.
then you've got jerseys like #21, which Junior had been wearing for five years before it was given the Legends treatment, so it's just as much his as it was Desmond's. So the flip side is that maybe the jerseys should only be given to freshman so that the number is fully theirs.
I don't know, man. I've got myself talking in circles.
sorry, much love to junior, but desmond is always going to be who people think of first when they hear #21. with or without the legends program and the patch, the ONLY reason anyone would think of hemingway before desmond is because desmond was before their time.
Exactly why the "create your our legacy" argument sucks. True legends (player who would have their number retired) are once a generation type players. If another player is good enough for that distinction, it won't matter if he wore #21 or #9.
Apparently not if they are trying to switch their jersey number.
...other than Gallon, nobody played up to their Legends jersey this year anyways.
Even though his season was shortened, you don't think Jake MF Ryan played up to his legends jersey? I do.
When u give multiple Legends jerseys in the same year...it dilutes the meaning of it. Jake is probably my favorite player on this team, but did he have a legendary worthy season this year (albeit plagued by injury bug)...not really.
So did Garnder really disgrace the #98 because he didn't win the Heisman, or get a standing O from Ohio State fans? (although he did get a lot of appreciation on twitter...)
Did Mark Harmon say that he was glad that his dad's efforts and acheivements would be recognized, but that if Gardner wasn't good enough it would be a disgrace?
No. These jerseys are to be worn and used and played in. Obviously the 3 heisman winner's jerseys wont be lived up to every year (I assume the #2 is getting the treatment really soon) because Michigan players won't come in 1-2-3 in the Heisman every year. That's not the point. The point is "Desmond was great. We should make sure that when #21 is on the field we think of Desmond Howard". Not "Man, Gardner really tarnished Harmon's legacy"
Well said. I'm a fan of the legends jerseys. Not every player is going to be a carbon copy of the original, and that's OK. I think it's more about character than production in many cases.
...character that won't have "Legends" jerseys named after them. There are plenty of current Michigan players with great character that will never get to wear a legends jersey.
DG played with tremendous heart, injuries, no running game and a less than stellar O line...I never said he disgraced Harmon's jersey....but take out Minnesota, Notre Dame, Indiana and Ohio games...this wasn't a very legendary season behind center.
I wouldn't mind seeing Funchess go to 21 and Butt take over 87. Not sure who should take 11 though either Countess or Taylor i suppose.
Switching between legends jerseys should absolutely be prohibited.
I'd be cool with that. I really don't care. If a player wants to wear 100 it wouldn't bother me any.
Part me wonders if all the dislike of the legacy numbers is just due to a gut reaction to dislike any change or anything that might make the AD more money.
The fact that Gallon wore #21 stands out little in my mind when I think or talk about him. I recall what he did first, and his number only comes up in that memory or discussion. The fact that he shares a number with Desmond only adds to his story. It does not detract from it. In addition, 98 is Garnder's number now. The fact that Harmon wore it only adds to Garner's story. The legacy numbers only add to a new legacy, they do not detract from it.
I hate it because it's stupid, not just because it's part of a bigger picture of completely boneheaded, marketing-driven moves coming out of this Athletic Department. There were many other ways Michigan could have gone about honoring and publicizing their retired numbers, a tradition that went back to the second Tom Harmon took off his #98 jersey for the last time. This is just about the cheesiest and least appealing of those options.
Plus, the goofy, oversized patches look like they were designed by a high school design class. Not to mention the fact they couldn't even bother to come up with a white version for the away jerseys.
[retracted long, winding, boring statement meant to convince you that your opinion is wrong, as if an opinion can be wrong].
I'll save both you and I the time and effort.
But, I am going to remember your comment. For it is legendary! In fact, it's all I will ever associate with you Bando. #97 will live on! Well done!
if its possible to ask the players currently wearing legends numbers and hear what they think, if its stupid or not. Of course, it'll never happen or they'd just say they love it because its the classiest thing to say and our guys wearing those numbers are nothing but class and most deserving, thus why they were selected for the honor in the first place.
I wonder if that's true.
I am cheap, but also judgmental. So I don't buy jerseys because I would still have to wear them after a player leaves and that would look dumb.
I actually think I would buy a number 2 jersey if it was worn by Woodson, an expected Peppers and future stars. No name, just the legacy.
I could wear it for a long time and use it to support the present instead of the past.
I bet other people might come to the same conclusion, thereby causing a temporary uptick in sales, but a long term drain on sales that would normally come from turnover.
Let's stop talking about god damn jerseys and win some god damn games, god dammit!!!
God damn right!
to not assign #21. Not a lot of good fits at the moment, so give the jersey a year off until someone steps forward to claim it with their performance. These are legends jerseys.
I try to look at it from the players' perspective. From the moment they start getting recruited, they are sold on the tradition and history of Michigan. They are inspired to play hard to honor current and former Michigan men. So to be given a legends jersey must be considered a tremendous symbol of trust and respect. I am certain the players have the opportunity to decline. (Who can say it hasn't happened already?) But why would you in the Michigan team environment?
That said, I like the idea of using highly valued numbers as a recruiting tool, especially numbers like 1, 2, and 16 that have not yet been bestowed "Legends" satus.
Would they really move Funchess from one legend jersey to another legend jersey? Seems highly unnecessary.
I don't mind the jerseys but get rid of the stupid patches. Looks like a NASCAR suit.