You can use Denard Xavier Robinson for X.
Wolverine football greats, alphabetically
I see this as more of flash cards than a book, but great idea.
My contribution: "E" is for Elvis Grbac
for the A's. You also have the dual benefit of teaching multiculturalism . . .
HAH For some reason he was the first guy I thought of.
The only Iranian I know who wears cowboy boots
Or Derrick Alexander, wearer of the #1 jersey and leader of the receiving corps after Desmond. All-American in 1992.
Avant was a fan favorite, but DA was the better player.
Looking further down the replies, I can't believe I didn't think of Anthony Carter. He definitely needs to be on th list as a 3-time All American and member of the College Football HOF.
Could also be thrown on the A recievers list. He had a pretty nice stat line in the Super Bowl a few years back.
Great idea. Shouldn't be too tough since we have 78 All-Americans, 3 Hiesman Trophy winners, an ex-President and a bunch of all time great coaches to choose from.
No Michigan greats list is complete without him.
I would put him at C is for Carter and move Charles to W is for Woodson.
Great idea though. Maybe you could work jersey numbers into a counting book.
Yes, I had to have some help for a couple of them.
A - Anthony
B - Baas
C - Charles
D - Dierdorf
E - Ernest
F - Fritz
G - Gerald
H - Harmon
I - Ian
J - Jumbo
K - Kramer
L - Long
M - Marquis
N - Navarre
O - Oosterbaan
P - Perry
Q - Quentin
R - Rojo
S - Schembechler
T - Tom
U - Uteritz
V - Vaughn
W - Wistert
X - Xavier
Y - Yost
Z - Zatkoff
Use only last names and list multiple people.... for instance... for C
I'd add one of my all time favorites Biakabutuka
The links are especially helpful.
He's only the all time leading tackler at Michigan.
long over lewan. only #1 pick from UM
maybe griese over gardner? he did win an MNC
A is for the Andersons, who called each other "bro." Kurt played center in '01, Erick starred for Mo.
B is for the Brackinses, we'll never give them back. No matter how you spell the name the player is all-MAC.
G is for Glenn Edward, a name you'd never know. For though he was our greatest man, we always called him "Bo."
That may be where this goes once I get the basics in place. And after having read many a tortured rhyme scheme, I think I might be able to do at least as well as some published "authors." Especially if I plagiarize from you (just kidding, I'd link to it /notplagiarism).
i've kept going on this and will have it in dear diary today.
phil brabbs - you need a kicker
U is for Ufer
I could be jarret irons, ian gold,
I didn't scroll down enough to see you posted this before I replied. Mine can be deleted if necessary
Are you purposefully limiting it to one name per letter of the alphabet?
Also, you could put a small description for each player/coach and turn it in to a resourceful encyclopedia on Michigan greats for when they get older.
Probably getting a little carried away.
I'm trying to purposefully limit. I like the idea of adding informative blurbs. This way the book they enjoy while learning letters at 2 can be the book they enjoy learning to read words at age 4.
Pardon this comment - only sorta on topic....but it is a Michigan-based A-Z picture book.
Still working on getting this as a book somewhere...
University of Michigan Squirrel A-Z - A Web Picture Book
You could also use adjectives like speed, quick, strong, leaders, captain, kicker, fumble to tell the story. That is what I did here because I did not know the squirrel's names.
To write something for one's own children is a great thing - kudos to you.
I'll be sharing it with the kids today.
Could have been for the Boren family, as Mike Boren got it off to a good start...
Then it all crashed and burned.
I would think you have to throw in Rick Leach for R. All American QB that beat Woody Hayes 3 straight years.
Maybe Wheatley for W. A 50 yard run was considered a short run for him.
you could also add Braylon Edwards and Tyrone Wheatley.
You can use multiple player names for a single letter. For example Dr. Suess does something like (paraphrased from memory)
B, b, B
Bubbles, Barber, Ballerina
B, b, B.
Big G, Little g. G,g, G
Gardner, Greise, Grahm.
G, g, G.
There are enough greats that you might be able to get a rhyme scheme going. Looking forward to a link to the results.
Perhaps a nickname like "Shoelace" would help to shuffle your list around to accommodate another great who simply cannot be overlooked?
There is no I in the the team the, the team, the team.
a me, me, me!
He's way ahead of Avant in my (and probably everyone else's) mind. Also, I think you should make an effort to get all of the legends jersey/retired number players on there.
For spelling mistake. Not sure how it's spelled
Phillip Brabs? There's probably a better one
Put Carter at C and Woodson at W, sheesh
Ufer, Revelli, Lloyd...
For M you could probably just do a big block M. I mean, you can't not include it.
At first I thought Brady would be better than Braylon for B, but then I saw you had Tom, so it's all good.
Then I thought that Biakabtuka (??) would be better. Teaching a toddler to read and pronounce that name would be hilarious and awesome.
'B' - Bennie (Oosterban and Friedman)
'G' - Germany (Schultz)
'N' or 'S' - Neil Snow
'W' - Willie Heston or Wistert (too many to list)
'K' - Kramer
Also - 'E' for Elliot, Pete and Bump
You have H for Harmon, who is T for Tom? Also Harmon?
Maybe T for Tshimanga "Touchdown Tim" Biakabutuka
Also: Where's Schembechler?
I agree with these ideas:
I - Ian Gold or Jarrett Irons
P - Chris Perry
U - Ufer
There might be a better "I" out there, but P and U are perfect and undeniable Michigan greats.
This is actually a really great idea with a world of possibilities. There are probably enough players for each letter that you could even have a couple examples for each, as some of my own children's pictures books had (sadly, they were not Michigan-themed picture books).
"W", you might think
Is an uspide down "M"
But tell that to the Wisterts
Or Wheatly or Woodson
Or any of these men.
"H", rife with talent, almost too much
From Hammerstein to Hayes
And from Harbaugh to Hutch
If you're not going to do the Carter/Woodson switch then Anthony needs to be A. (Erick Anderson might be good too).
If you're doing coaches B, G, or S needs to be Bo.
Braylon could then be Edwards. Or E could be Jumbo Elliott or Evashevski.
G Brandon Graham.
I, as said above, Irons.
K, Mike Kenn, who was in the NFL like 17 years and a multiple pro-bowler.
M Mandich, Messner,.
N Navarre, Harry Newman.
P Bubba Paris. Chris Perry.Barry Pierson.And of course, Horace Prettyman.
R Jon Runyan. Marcus Ray. Rob Renes. Garrett Rivas.
S Schembechler, Ron Simpkins, Adolf Schulz, Tom Slade, Skrepenak, Aaron Shea, Shazor, Buster Stanley.
V Vada Murray.
Jaime Morris would be on my list ahead of Mike Hart, though there have been some other good Ms suggested too
It's not easy to break through the Oosterbaan/Charles/Carter blockade at the C position. However, that being said, Calvin brought a dominating intensity to the Linebacker spot that made him one heck of an All American during Bo's early years.