You know the drill. Who should wear President Ford's #48 jersey this Saturday when it becomes a Legends number? He played center, and I think the obvious choice here would be Elliott Mealer.
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Since centers can no longer be 48, I think it's pretty safe to say that a center won't be able to wear it. Therefore, we should pick somebody that will likely be president which of course means Brendan Gibbons should wear it.
Or Matt Wile.....
This post cracked me up
Give it to Joey Kerridge, Joe Bolden, or Des Morgan.
It would be a TV announcer's nightmare to potentially have two 6'3'' white linebackers with long hair playing next to each other wearing the numbers 47 and 48. Now that I think about, GIVE IT TO BOLDEN IMMEDIATELY!
According to the TV announcers, there will automatically have 2 other linebackers on Michigan's team, Jake Bolden and Joe Ryan. Sounds good to me.
These were decided before the season and while Bolden may make the most sense, I'm not sure if he'd been around long enough. I'm going to say Demens gets it. Morgan if they want someone to have it for awhile (which doesn't seem to be the case).
Demens makes the most sense, IMO, but I love seeing him in #25. Unique number for a middle linebacker.
Clearly Jack Kennedy should get it...He's a Kennedy dude
Sugar Bowl Hero Glanda! He snaps the ball.
Obviously Snappy Snapnewski should get it in the future. Long snapper legend jersey? That's a Wow moment right there.
No one. Would make a guess to say that there will never be another All-American, then Senator, then President on a future Michigan team.
PS Get off my lawn
I think you are missing the point entirely.
I understand the marketing/honoring players/link to the past with current team etc. that the current adminstration is trying to do with patches, etc.
I also cheefully acknowledge being a bit old fashioned (hence the Get off my lawn remark).
However, Gerald Ford is the only alumn that was POTUS. And was an All-American center, captain of the team, etc etc etc. Is it too much to ask to RETIRE that number so no shapre/resemblance/etc hit the field in honor of the man and his unique accomplishments?
Again, get the hell off my lawn.
NEED MOAR ETC, etc..
1) He was never an All-American.
2) This isn't about ONLY giving the jersey numbers to people who match up to the life and accomplishments of the legends. No one expects Roy Roundtree to be Desmond Howard. It's about using the numbers to remind people about the deeds of those who came before.
Posted Mad Monkey's point over an hour later than Mad Monkey did. Here's a kitten to make up for my misstep:
Because your name is everyone murders
He is the only former Michigan Football Captain to serve as VP.
Ford was never the team captain.
when he presided as President of the Senate for the period of time he was Vice President of the United States).
"Would make a guess to say that there will never be another All-American, then Senator, then President on a future Michigan team."
Probably true, but only because Zoltan Mesko is not a native-born US citizen.
He's the only guy I can think of, who'd be eligible to wear #48 and who is from Rep. Ford's old Grand Rapids congressional district. I'd expect that President Ford would be especially proud to have a walk-on from his hometown get the honor.
Ada represent! I was born and raised.
Although GR Ford went to GR South HS, his boyhood home was in East Grand Rapids, about 2 blocks from where I grew up.
I don't know that an EGR resident would want a Forest Hills athlete wearing his number.
They can get over it.
To get a speeding ticket for going 27mph in a 25mph zone...
Legend in my family is that my Grandpa went to high school with Gerald Ford.
If he went to Grand Rapids South between 1927-1931, then the legend is true.
Isn't part of the idea behind the Legends jerseys that you do something to earn it? Being from someplace isn't exactly earning it.
And there's a lot about this Legends-number program that I don't get. If all of our outstanding and best-performing players are shuttled into Legends numbers, then there will be few new Legend-identities created in the future.
I'd very much like to think that in the future, there may be Legends patches for Ron Johnson (40), Reggie McKenzie (65), Rick Leach (7), Bob Chappuis (49), Bump Elliott (18) and probably Pete Elliott too (45).
I really don't know; has Brandon ever clearly articulated how this is all supposed to work? He wanted a program; a plan; a set standard for jersey retirement or more correctly in football, un-retirement.
It actually seems like they're choosing the recipients based more on off the field/leadership stuff rather than awarding them to the best players on the team. Roundtree and Brandon Moore aren't two of Michigan's best-performing players, but they're wearing Legends numbers.
Shoot, Brandon Moore's not even playing. Not his fault, getting injured, but he has yet to wear his patch and play.
They'll likely give it to a linebacker, and likely one who played last year since these were assigned before the season started. Either Demens or Bolden.
It doesn't have to be based on who's the best football player. I think they've already shown that by giving Legends jerseys to Tree and Moore. But they're clearly putting in the work off the field and as team leaders. Hence, they're doing something to earn it, not just being from someplace.
Because Kovacs has made a name for himself with #32.
I think a walk-on turned defensive captain is appropriate to honor a man who was neither elected vice president or president, and yet still held both offices. Ford was a walk-on turned President.
I didn't think about Mealer, and he'd be a good choice. But I think Jordan Kovacs wearing it makes a lot of sense.
He'd be the BEST choice, but centers can't wear the number.
Maybe a player from the Grand Rapids area. Morgan?
That is why I suggested an Ada kid.
Kovacs is the obvious choice here. Team Captain, leader of the defense. I see no other option.
What are the chances Kovacs gets a legends patch some time in the future. Kovacs is a great story and IMO the epitome of a Michigan Man. He had to earn his way on the team Twice!
Zero. Look at the accomplishments of the players that have had their numbers retired. Kovacs isn't on that tier, or even close to it.
This isn't meant to be critical of Kovacs, just a statement that he isn't going to get a legends patch.
Mealer actually can wear the #48 if Michigan chooses to give it to him. Unlike the NFL, the NCAA does not require players to wear certain numbers. Instead, they merely suggest teams give players certain numbers to help designate who is an eligible receiver on any given play. Here is a screen shot from the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations handbook clearing things up:
The following is included in Rule 7 on Passing (p. 73 of the document):
ARTICLE 4. Each of the following (a-c) is a live-ball foul and the play is
allowed to continue.
a. Formation. At the snap Team A must be in a formation that meets these
1. All players must be inbounds.
2. All players must be either linemen or backs (Rule 2-27-4).
3. At least five linemen must wear jerseys numbered 50 through 79
So, unless Hoke wants to put in a blocking TE with a lineman number for every snap, Mealer isn't going to get it. Wait, come to think of it, Hoke may want to do that...
The emphasis is that Mealer can wear #48. Now if he should is a completely different matter.