Where is that Mustache for Michigan dude when you need him!
Where are they now - Brad Cochran
And I believe he was an All-American but busted as an NFL player.
Ah yes, thank you Wikipedia
broke his back in preason and is lucky to be walking today.
First google hit isn't very happy sounding. Sounds like he suffered some major depression issues back in the day. But then he did this:
When Schembechler heard what Cochran had been through, he agreed to give him another chance. But Cochran, who's 6'3" and back to 219 pounds, would have to earn back his scholarship. By the first game he had regained it, along with his starting job. He finished '83 with 64 tackles. Last season he made 77 and led the Wolverines in interceptions with five. As a fifth-year senior this fall ('82 was a "medical redshirt" season), Cochran is a major reason that Michigan has given up just one TD this season.
Sounds like Bo was taking unnecessary chances on kids and not doing his recruiting homework to me. [/sarcasm]
I remember three things:
1) He was a very good player.
2) He left the team and came back later. I believe he was diagnosed for depression.
3) He dropped a sure interception late in the 4th quarter, which gave Chuck Long and the #1 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes another chance. They kicked a field goal to win 12-10. Michign was ranked #2 going into the game.
I went to the same high school as Brad (before he transferred to Brother Rice for his senior season), played the same position and wore the same number. We both had all-state in common...Brad in football, for me my insurance company.
I'm not sure where I read this, it may have come from one of Bo's books. But I do remember Bo saying that Cochran was the only player he was ever afraid of. Because Cochran was mentally unstable and had to take heavy psychotropic meds.
Fourth all time in interceptions for Michigan
Had a chemical imbalance and didnt know what was causing it... he told Bo to F-off s a soph and transferred to Colorado... after he got diagnosed and treated with meds, he transferred back to Michigan, and Bo forgave him and let him back on the team... with hard work and ability, Cochran became an All-American DB at Michigan and was one of the all-time UM greats.
He blew out his knee in NFL training camp with the Raiders and didnt play after that.
When the 1997 NC team was on the bus to go play Penn State, there was a guy standing in the road waiving the bus down. The Bus Driver pulled over and it was Brad Cochran holding a dozen Roses for the team and wishing them luck.
Brad Cochran is a true Michigan Man, and was a great success story there and shows that you can turn your life around if you try and with a little help.
These are the kind of things you like to hear.
Interesting article on how Cochran brought about a new MHSAA rule for transferring schools.