Simply put, who is the Wolverine in any sport, that you are most thankful for? (Coaches not included)
I'll have to say Charles Woodson. He's my favorite Michigan athlete of all time, by far.
I second Woodson. He made my college years unbelievably satisfying from the football perspective.
Desmond Howard. Even after his college years he still comes back and supports Michigan
Love Sir Charles but not today. I'm thankful for every kid who stayed through 2 coaching changes and will be rewarded on Saturday.
Gotta go with Mattison right now, for this year.
YOU'RE CHEATING!!!1! HE SAID NO COACHES!
Mattison by a long shot...
Demond. I love Woodson but not today.
Didn't Demond Wilson play Lamont Sanford?
Lol oops. Desmond is who I almost the most thankful for this thanksgiving.
....so you don't love Woodson today?
Edward "Bo" Schembechler, Jr.
For being a dick and turning down Hoch's Job. Thanks Jim.
C'mon, it's HOKE.
Wow. I am usually good spelling names, and I know it's Hoke. I guess it's the first time I've ever typed it out. Truly embarrassed.
For this current year, Ryan Van Bergen. Kid was a hard worker who stuck around and made something of himself for a lower rated recruit. Just a true grinder and a true Michigan man.
He was a 4 star on scout and rivals... He wasn't really a lowly rate recruit.
As was recently noted, no, hardly a no-name recruit:
greg mattison and his milkshake
His milkshake brings all the recruits to the yard.
Mattison is king of Ann Arbor this year for sure. Sir Charles also has a special place in my heart.
But I more likely see him as a talking head on tv. Either way, he would be a great representative for the university.
Come on, LB has had some down games recently
Novak. He will never get the full credit that he deserves, but to me he is invaluable. I will always credit him with a major role in helping turn this once proud program back around.
for the tatoo mustache
Tshimanga Biakabutuka. 313 yards versus OSU.
But in all seriousness, Zack Novak. I'm really going to miss him. Second place goes to this year's class of seniors on the football team that stuck around. All of 'em. So much heart.
This year Mattison and Jake Ryan. Kid is always around the ball and just makes plays.
Kovacs on this team, hands-down. Walk-on progresses to onfield vocal leader who plays his guts out very effectively. BTW, I got myself a Kovacs jersey - bought a #23 Nike at a big discount online and had a seamstress reverse the numbers to #32. Look for me on the golf course & Section 5 and GO BLUE!
Brian. For this blog and giving us all the Michigan outlet we have craved.
He turned the program around quickly, and did it just in time for my arrival on campus this fall. Hail!
As a Patriots fan, I'm most thankful for Tom Brady. .
Jalen Rose. Was a fan before I became a Wolverine. He did great things for my Pacers and he made a sweet documentary.
Current: Jordan Kovacs/Shoe
Former: Desmond Howard
Pro: Jeff Backus. Only because he's the only former Wolverine on the Lions.
Favorite player has to be Anthony Carter. He is to this day the best college receiver I have ever seen. His play against Indiana is one of my five favorite sports memories. But my favorite Wolverine, without a doubt, is Bo. He was imperfect (maybe a bit too conservative when he had superior talent, had a temper). But he was passionate. His integrity was unmatched. And he was winner. I am proud that he, more than anyone, is the person people think of when they think of my alma mater.
ALL THE PLAYERS.
all of em
This year it's Denard. That's CRAZY!!!
BTW, Good omens from the Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade: Muppets and the Hawaiian War Chant.
I loved that guy. Hopefully Meyer can mimic his masterful coaching abilities.
But cereally, as a kid I would've picked Woodson. Now, I'm picking Denard. Not because of the dilithium or statistics, but because he defines how Michigan players should play and act on and off the field. Plus his smile be like dang.
For all time, its Bo. For now, its Mattison
Right now, I'll go with Denard Robinson, and lately, Fitz is a close second.
Changed the program like no player before or since.
Honorable mention to John Navarre, who stepped up and took four years of undeserved shit that should have been heaped on Drew Henson and the coaching staff that left us with no QB. And somehow also became a decent quarterback against all odds.
Cazzie Russle, Glenn Rice, Zack Novack, Anthony Carter, Charles Woodson are my top five.
Woodson is a top notch player and rep for the University. He is #1 in my book
For a player I was able to watch, HANDS DOWN #20 Mike Hart
John Navarre was always one of my favorites. Played much earlier than he should have and took quite a bit of abuse. Finally beat OSU his senior year. Although how a 6'6" guy consistently gets passes batted down, I'll never know.
Also, Ryan Van Bergen. Kids knows BS when he sees it when he called out former players for not being there during the RR years.
Having a second corner who does not make me facepalm has made a Hugh difference this season.
Just run the ball left.
Anthony Carter, the first fast receiver/deep threat I remember at Michigan, and the Indiana catch was the most exciting play I ever witnessed. Now a days...Drew Dileo, He da man!!
Steve Breaston has always given me more chills than any other Michigan player, Denard included. Dude was a monster in the Rose Bowl against Texas.
Honorables to Hart and Henne
The defense looks completely different when he is on the field.
all of TEAM 132. (The Clint Eastwood State Fightin' John Waynes)
that is all.
Woodson is the man! I love what he did on the field, but the work he does with Mott Children's Hospital makes me admire him!
Charles Woodson for past players, and Denard Robinson for current players.
Denard Robinson. The kid is the face of the program right now and in my mind is the perfect person to be that. Kid is humble, gives credit to coaches and teammates only, and has a smile that can create world peace. People can criticize him for his play and that's he's not a quarterback, but the kid just loves football. God bless him.
David Molk. Great play on the field, outstanding leadership, and chews out the press. Just have to love the kid.
Three choices for your consideration:
1. Before my time- Rick Leach. I grew up watching his highlights and I loved how he ran the option. True Michigan legend.
2. In my time- Charles Woodson. I was only a toddler when Desmond played, but was becoming the rabid Michigan fan I am today when #2 played for Michigan.
3. On this team? Ryan Van Bergen. He and Martin have quietly led a much-improved defense all year.
I've been an Ohio resident for most of my life. The football tradition in this state is no joke. I don't think anywhere else is close. Football is inside us from a young age. I played the best HS football in the state, against the best competition. I think people here are a different breed than most places from fans, to the athletes, to the general mindset of its people. Growing up in that environment has an effect on you. There's a certain pride.
I think you saw similar characteristics of Ohio bred football people in Charles Woodson. You saw it in Bo Schembechler. You saw it in Jim Harbaugh. The list goes on. Those guys just had this looseness and a confidence that set them apart. I didn't see a weak arrogance in those guys like I have in others. It's as if all these greats were saved from the dark side by going to Michigan, and had they ended up in the Columbus death star, Michigan wouldn't be what they are today. Their contributions coupled with all that Michigan was and had to offer allowed for some magical things to happen.
I fundamentally believe that Michigan molds better young men than Ohio ever has. So, as we go forth, I am looking forward to the continued tradition of great young Ohio prospects see the light, and commiting to Michigan.
Go Blue, beat Ohio
Although Ohio football is definitely great, I don't think it gets any bigger or better than Texas. It's a way of life all over this huge state.
As for Michigan players, growing up I loved Anthony Carter. By the time I was in high school and my love for Michigan football was hitting stride I got to watch Desmond do his thing. My favorite all time is unquestionably Charles Woodson though.
Charles Woodson is who got me into Michigan football. My earliest memories of Michigan was when I was about 7-8 years old, I was a fan of X-men (Wolverine being my favorite), and U of M's uniforms drew me in like no other. I was too young to realize the difference between NFL and college; sometimes mistaking the Rams for the Wolverines. I grew up in south Florida with NO connection to Michigan what-so-ever, but I have been a die-hard fan for over 20 years.
Charles Woodson and Nike are Michigan football to me.
...which reminds me, is there anybody out there that is happy being an Adidas school? Am I the only one grossed out by it? Joining the likes of University of Tennessee and Notre Dame? It is, singlehandidly, the ONE thing that vexes me like nothing else about Michigan. GO BACK TO NIKE. Was it Adidas that turned our Maze color into "Highlighter"? fucking morons.
Charles Woodson, Zack Novak, AND Mitch McGary.