Previously: Hoke hosts Michigan Men's Football Experience.
|Ann Arbor, MI – 5'9", 197|
|Scout||1*, #815 FB|
|Rivals||NR, listed as "User"|
|ESPN||2*, #41 LB|
|24/7||NR, "That guy on
|Other Suitors||Spouse, Children, MSU|
|YMRMFSPA||Jordan Kovacs if he was 25 years older and not good at football|
|Previously On MGoBlog||Probably left a few comments here and there. Maybe a diary.|
|Notes||Once got to hold the Brown Jug.|
Admit it: you've had that dream where you're a member of the Michigan football team. You're hardly alone. No matter your actual talent and experience in football—or in my case the almost total lack thereof—if you're on this site you've probably already committed an embarrassingly large portion of your subconscious to inventing scenarios where you'd get to touch the banner, to sing The Victors in the locker room with a rose in your teeth, to knock your winged helmet against a silver one with bird poop stickers all over it.
Then you think about the various permanent complaints your body might have after four or five years of that. So maybe just for like two days. Two days spent living the life of a Michigan Wolverine. Too bad they don't sell tha…
Oh they do.
The above is video from last year's Michigan Men's Football Experience, which is happening again this June 6-7.
Yes, You Join the Football Team!
For 48 hours you are a Michigan football player. You check into the team hotel, and arrive at team meetings 15 minutes early (or else you're late). You get assigned a jersey number and meet your coaches, Brady Hoke and Lloyd Carr, and their staff, and have dinner in the Stadium Club with a squad's worth of Michigan legends. On Day 2 you wake up at 6 a.m. and hit the field with your position coaches to learn fundamentals, possibly joining the ranks of the men on this planet who can claim they've been drilled by Greg Mattison on pad level.
You also review film, enjoy a pre-game meal, and finally get to suit up in the locker room, stand in the tunnel, and touch the banner while being played out by the greatest fight song this side of the galaxy.*
If that's not close enough to THE REAL THING™ for you, once you're registered send me an email and we'll put together an MGoBlog-style recruiting profile.
What's the Catch?
It costs money.
I have that. What's the cause?
Prostate cancer research. More specifically the Men of Michigan Prostate Cancer Research Fund. The university is at the vanguard of global research on prostate cancer, which is the most common form of cancer for men. The fund pays for research in gene fusion, hereditary risk, genetic screening techniques, and new drug therapies. There's more about the fund here. The short of it is there are few more active fronts in the battle of humans versus cancer than the research going on at Michigan, and that's what the fund supports.
Who came up with this?
The Michigan Men's Football Experience began in 2006, the brainchild of a prostate cancer survivor to honor the doctor who saved his life. The survivor was David Brandon (yes THAT David Brandon), then the CEO of Domino's. The doc was James Montie, then-chair of the U-M Department of Urology. Brandon approached Carr about the concept, and the two of them worked out the details. When he arrived in 2011, Brady Hoke was asked about continuing the tradition, to which he replied "Absolutely!"
Guru Reliability: High. Already long past eligibility, so unlikely to supplant Devin Gardner this year.
Variance: Low. Realistically your chances of playing in the NFL are going to be just about the same they were before you got here.
Ceiling: Low-plus. Role player of some variety, possibly important
General Excitement Level: Through the roof.
Projection: A spot isn't cheap, and they tend to move fast. Also a lot of little donations are just as important to the fund as a few biggies. If you are unable to attend, you can still donate here. If you have any questions, email Doreen at [email protected].
* This is just opinion; there's a little ditty sung by a high school near Palomar I that is eerily similar to Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone.