University of Michigan's Greatest Athlete of All Time
Charles Woodson, Trey Burke, Tom Brady, Barry Larkin, Does Michael Phelps count?
It's gotta be Michael Phelps. No athlete has ever done what he has done regarding the Olympics.
The guy was a Michigan student and "volunteer coach" or some such thing for about five minutes...
I'll second that
3 sporter, also coached both Football and Basketball.
Without any criteria for the selection process, it would be difficult to deny that Oosterbaan has an excellent argument for the implied question that the OP is asking. After all, as you mention, he played three sports, although as I recall, in addition to coaching basketball and football, he spent some time as the coach of the freshman baseball team as well.
was the most amazing athlete I've seen. Woodsons my favorite but Denard was electric.
the greatest ever. I remember watching him one fine Saturday afternoon. He single handedly beat ohio.
End of discussion.
Oosterbaan gets a nod as well.
But this gets an unqualified yes from me.
His name was the first that came to mind for me, before I even clicked on this thread.
Honorable mention to Pete and Chalmers ( i don't think I even need to type in their last name).
There's only one Fuck Lion.
During WWII, jumped out of one plane because of a storm, and had to bail another after being shot down over China. Awarded a purple heart I believe.
Top Michigan athlete and a true American hero.
Can't believe he wasn't the first one named.
There are a lot of options -- a whole lot -- but Tom Harmon is probably the best one.
But if not him, then Tom Harmon with Denard a close second.
The Notorious C.O.N.E.
Antonio Bass (would of been the best)
Probaly Harmon...I was always impressed with what Jim Abbott achieved with the cards he was dealt as well
Sam Mcguffie , he jumped over 5 homeless people last week
Last american, until this year, to win the boston marathon. It was 1983. Set a course record at the time.
I would say Harmon.
Jarrett Irons or these guys.
I measure atheltics based on how high you can jump...Petway wins. Also, D League slam dunk champion (that's an actual thing according to wikipedia).
Basketball - Webber
Football - Tie between Woodson and Wheatley
Baseball - Larkin
Hockey - Brian Wiseman
If we're talking baseball, George Sisler probably trumps Larkin.
Neil Snow, Spencer Brinton and Cecil Pryor immediately spring to mind.
How do you define "great"?
to see you say cecil pryor my dad was friends with him before he died... he used to get me and my dad into michigan basketball practices back in the 80's when frieder was the coach because they were good friends...
It's tough to compare today's athlete with guys from the mid-20th century, but Tom Harmon was a once in a lifetime athlete.
Has to be Bennie Oosterbaan. Hard to be great in two sports but he was great in THREE.
Sam Mikulak has to be the best of this era.
Peppers could be heir to the throne, though.
Anyone that Yost calls the greatest of all time gets my vote.
Tom Harmon. Performance against osu is legendary.
Llamar Woodley taking out Drew Stanton
Big, quick, furry...like a bigger alpaca.
I didn't see his name yet?
Might not be the most athletic; but he could be the "greatest Michigan athlete." Really hard to compare most dominant NCAA male gymnast ever to a football running back or QB from decades ago (or, say, one from a couple years ago).
And -- are we talking only about performances while at UM? Because that would exclude Phelps. If it includes any athletic performances, and a former UM guy, then
probably shoots to the top of the list. Best player ever at the most important position of the most popular sport.
Denard was a QB!!!!
Muskegon's own Bennie O.
3. Woodson 4. Harmon 5.Jennie Ritter 6. Ron Kramer 7. Bennie Oosterbaan 8. Desdmond Howard 9> Bill BUntin. 10. Elroy Hirsh
Has to be Ken Doherty. Bronze medalist in the 1928 Olympic Decathlon. Michigan's only Olympic medalist in decathlon.
Decathletes are supposed to be the best all around athletes.
Ally Sabol, Lexi Erwin, Joanna Sampson, Woodson
Ha! Nope. Now that I have your attention....Braylon?
My vote goes to Tom Harmon, although Sam Mikulak gets serious consideration.
Cazzie Russell. Because of him Crisler Arena was built. Michigan basketball was nothing until Cazzie got there.
certainly deserves consideration.
Having a hard time seeing an argument against Mikulak. He was the best athlete in his sport 3 of his 4 years, and finished 2nd in the other year. If there were a football player with 3 Heismans, a b-ball player with 3 Naismiths, etc., we wouldn't even be having this discussion, because everyone would just say "yeah, that guy", especially factoring in 2 team National Titles. Of course there's a lot of subjectivity involved in a question like this (that's what makes it fun!), but in terms of hardware, Mikulak stands alone.
All around that I've seen since early 90's at least.
Maybe Denard , or Charles. Too hard to choose just one.
Surprised only one person has mentioned Desmond Howard. I'll go with him.
Holds the American national record in the mile, with a time of 3:46.91 (min:sec). Represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 1500-meter race.
I love how 1/2 the people think athlete in today's context when we use "he's an athlete" to describe GRIII and Denard, you know "most athletic." The other 1/2 think greatest student athlete...as in the best, like "Jordan/Ali."
The last 1/2 are just being funny. See what I did there?
Assuming Michael Phelps doesn't qualify, my choice is Anthony Carter.
One handed pitcher. And an all american. . .
This guy is mind blowing...
The gateway to Rob Pelinka and other law student athletes that dominated on the basketball and legal courts. Surprised this is even a debate... Woodson haha.
Is the correct answer. Not only was he the central figure in the 1934 Georgia Tech incident (made famous in the great documentary "Black and Blue") - and handled it all with class and character. He was our best football player in the early 1930s and was Jesse Owens' equal in track. They raced five times in 1935, and Ward beat him twice.
Our greatest all-around athlete ever, and the central character in our most fascinating incident ever.
both serious and tongue-in-cheek were taken. I love you guys (gals.)
The man who taught Bo to love the pass, he led the way to the age of great passing QBs. AC had moves that I'd never seen previously in football. Three time All American despite having a young Steve Smith as QB two of those seasons. I saw him dominate games like no one since save maybe Woodson. Sometimes I wonder why this board doesn't spend the entire offseason debating what would have happened if Charles Woodson tried to cover AC, both at their peaks.
What a thought. The two best Michigan players in my forty years of fandom, IMO.
Tom Harmon. Even setting aside his off the field accomplishments, which are astounding (am I the only one who has read Pilots Also Pray?), his 1940 game against OSU was probably the single best college football performance of all time by any player in any game, and it was against our big rival.