It's not so much about there not being an opportunity to display the numbers as 1) our roster needing more than 94 available numbers and 2) there being other worthy candidates for a retired jersey who can't receive the honor because of reason #1.
Unnamed player to wear Gerald Ford's retired #48 jersey this year
I don't mind doing the current commemorative patch, but I also don't see the need to put the retired numbers back into circulation. Leave the retired numbers alone and do this system from now on. Look no further than our basketball team, where there are 5 numbers hanging up in the rafters of Crisler Arena. Cazzie Russell's #33 is fully retired, the other four are "honored" and the numbers remain in circulation. I don't think there's a problem in having a hybrid solution.
One of the Wisert brothers is still living (91). I have no idea his capacities, but it would be awesome to have him come back for a legends number, sooner rather than later.
Ford's number was retired because he was and remains unique in Michigan history. I understand the various arguments for getting the numbers back on the field and honoring the person in a way that keeps the honor in front of the fans. That makes sense to me when the primary achievements of the person so honored were on the field or in sports.
Ford achieved his greatest goals long after he left football and sports. His number was not retired because of his achievements on the field, but because he was president and served with honor and humility during a particulary difficult time in our history. While it makes sense to require the family to authorize reactivation of a retired number in most cases, their wishes are less relevant when the honor was in rememberance a former president. Ford served in a highly polarized time, and, in the eyes of many of us, restored honor to a damaged office. After Nixon, Ford's presidency was somehow more personal.
I like and respect Brady Hoke, what he's done so far, and the values he brings to Michigan. Despite that, after due consideration, I think this is a mistake. Ford's number should not be reactivated. He was a very special Michigan man, and the handling of his number should reflect his and its uniqueness.
You know the better way to honor Gerald Ford than his family does. Got it.
When is Fitz switching to 98. The number all great Michigan RBs will wear.
The biggest question for me about the legend numbers is how can there be NEW legends formed if the 5 best (eventualy) players on the team every year are wearing a legend number.
I guess there will have to be a lot of patches then
It's going to be a rare honor, I think. But if there are two legends sharing a number, they can just put both names on the patch.
Is Unnamed Player any good. I cant remember what position he plays. What recruiting class was he from.
Angelique did a write-up here:
To me, as long as the family is on board with using the number, then that should be sufficient, for it is a unique way to honor his time here and his achievements after his time here at the same time. There are only 44 people in history (including the current President) who have had the job and one of them is a Michigan alum and former Michigan athlete. I think it would be great to have a player wear #48 this year - a nice tribute indeed. Brandon even says in the article that it would not be a frequent occurence. It's really not a bad way to make our history part of the present and remind people of the tradition here and what some of our players have become in life.
There are only 44 people in history (including the current President) who have had the job
Actually, there have only been 43 people to hold the presidency. Grover Cleveland is considered to be both the 22nd and 24th President.
to see Jake Ryan make havok in it.
I agree with others. Which others? Retiring numbers makes them forgotten numbers. Who remembers that all the Wisterts wore #11? Putting the number on a worthy player with a patch keeps the memory alive and provides a way to "tell the history" behind the number with each player that wears it. Agree that it can be a recruiting tool, but what current generation kid even knows about Tom Harmon or any of the Wisterts? So, somewhat limited, but still, a great way to honor the player by keeping their memory alive through the current generation playing for Michigan.
As for who gets #48? Kovacs or maybe Jake Ryan.
The coaches are going to have to work out some position groupings for using these numbers. We'll find out where #48 ends up, but I think linebacker/secondary is a logical place.
What kind of car was Big Will trying to wear on his tummy? Was it a Ford? Hoke probably got this idea from BWC's little college escapade, and decided to award the prestigious #48 to BWC. Nice gesture.
Kinda like the guy wearing Big Poppy on his back, for penance BWC has to run the steps of the Big House with a life size replica of Gerald Ford on his back. Too Cool
To who ever has the highest gpa on the team, or is majoring in public policy.
oooof.... I don't like this at all. I think it's a matter of tradition (what UM does best).
I hated this idea before it was cool to! But seriously, it better be Kovacs.
Whoa, look out guys. Apparently saying UM has a great tradition means you're a troll around here (according to my superfan/stalker that keeps -1ing everything I do).