Desmond Howard as Outspoken as Ever

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 13th, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Desmond Howard is interviewed in this non-paywalled piece by Michael Spath.

Howard talks about his soon to be released book, his expectations for Michigan this season, what he thinks the hallmarks of a Hoke-led team will be, Stonum vs. Floyd, and the possible fate of the number 21 jersey.

On whether Michigan should use No. 21 like it has used No. 1 and will use No. 2, as jerseys that must be earned: "You should ask Brady about that. I just got inducted to the Hall of Fame. I have no idea why I'm not getting the same treatment. [Editor's Note: he said this tongue-in-cheek].

"Maybe they may have something different in store for No. 21. It may not even be available for them to earn."



August 13th, 2011 at 8:30 PM ^

ears. I also repsect that he bleeds maize and blue like the poster said above me. The guy has a true heart for michigan football. And lets top it off by saying what he said about floyd and kelly could not be farther from the truth. I think it seconds the notion that Hoke is really sending a message to play at michigan is a privilege and should be treated like that. I think the thing i like best about Howard is just what the article illustrates that he is not going to tell you what you want to hear even as a sports analyst. This makes me proud to be a fan of all things maize and blue.

Blue in Yarmouth

August 15th, 2011 at 12:44 PM ^

You think Floyd shouldn't be punished? Let's be honest here, what Floyd did was not as bad as Stonum, there is no doubt about that, but there are a lot things you can do in terms of discipline that fall between none at all and being suspended for a year too. 

This is Floyds third alcohol related offense and he is not going to miss a single snap. Look at Hagerup who had one offense and was suspended for the biggest game of the year last year. A situation that left us without a punter. 

Look at Hagerups second offense...what is that, four games? Now look at Brian Kelly giving Floyd nothing more than a stern look. You honestly think Desmond is wrong when saying Kelly is sacrificing a lot for a win? I don't....


August 13th, 2011 at 8:24 PM ^

The students would love it.

I was a freshman & sitting in Michigan Stadium the last time he did it in A2 (that is unless he secretly does it when he visits A2 on his spare time).


August 13th, 2011 at 9:05 PM ^

i guess i am not to worried about the integrity of the irish but what about the young man. I mean what kind of message is kelly sending out oh you know what its ok to break the law dont worry son we got a football season ahead of us lets go out and win at all costs. I guess after we whoop them this year it will make it that much sweeter and it will highlight the decision that hoke made as being the right one.

Blue in Yarmouth

August 15th, 2011 at 12:49 PM ^

What did Hagerup get for his one incident? Just playing devil's advocate here. We know the incident isn't comparable to Stonum, but this is a third alcohol related offense. So he has been charge three times and for a DUI he misses....wait for it....nothing. I don't know what Hagerup did last year but I will bet my life it wasn't as serious as a DUI, and for his first offense he missed the most important game of the season that left us without a punter. His second offense (again, I am betting much worse than a DUI) he is missing four games for. I'd say Kelly is being a tad easy on the guy.


August 13th, 2011 at 9:47 PM ^

Desmond Howard is the true definition of a Michigan Man. I love how he speaks his mind and IMO he has earned the right to say whatever he damn well pleases.... #21

Look Up_See Blue

August 14th, 2011 at 12:13 AM ^

This post made me think.  Whose numbers are retired for Michigan?  As long as i've been a Michigan fan I've never really heard of or researched anything about Michigan Football numbers that are retired.  If his isn't retired I would say he's at least earned the right to have a say in who wears the number 21.  Hoke has shown he's in control, I don't see him just giving that number out to just anyone.


August 14th, 2011 at 3:51 AM ^

He wasn't able to fit his head through the doorways any more. He also has to enter the ESPN offices through the freight entrance because the front door isn't wide enough.


August 14th, 2011 at 7:52 AM ^

The numbers 11, 47, 48, 87 and 98 are retired at Michigan. They are for the triplets, President Ford, Oosterban, Kramer and Harmon.