A Very Special MGoProfile with... Lloyd Brady

Submitted by Six Zero on December 8th, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Six Zero here, proud to announce the glorious return of…

This feature highlights some of the more famous personalities here at MGoBlog
and beyond.  Without pulling back the infamous veil of blog anonymity, we’ll get
to know some of your favorite posters better and possibly shed some light on
their definition of why it’s so darn Great, To Be, A Michigan Wolverine.

(Scroll down to the MGoProfile section of the User-Curated HOF).


And now, my friends, I give you…

Man.  Myth.  Legend.  Lloyd Brady.

I submit to you a young man, a seemingly random spectator who-- through no machinations of his own, mind you—found himself thrust into the spotlight of MGoBlog and beyond.  Doing a simple search on MGoBlog doesn’t quite do it justice; this guy registers prominently on the search engine of your choice. The phenomenon now known as “Lloyd Brady” has, for better or worse, become a part of the common lexicon of the site and the fan base as a whole, and for all we know may go down in history with the jingling of keys and the term ‘Little Brother’ as part of the fabric of traditions that is Michigan football.

This week I was able to get in touch with arguably the most famous fan of the Michigan Wolverines, and rest assured, this is indeed legitimate.  It’s my pleasure to bring you this MGoBlog exclusive interview with the one and only Lloyd Brady:


1.    So first and foremost, in your own words—who or what is ‘Lloyd Brady?’
Lloyd Brady started as someone’s description of my appearances, but has kind of evolved into something more than what I look like. It has become me, kind of, as in that’s how people recognize me and people that recognize me as Lloyd Brady probably don’t know my real name so it’s me as two people in a sense.

Like, in a Bruce Wayne/Batman kinda way?
It’s hard to explain. But, when people see me and my expressions, it’s usually how they feel as well, I think. For example, last year at the Penn State game I was on TV with kind of a depressed look as we were losing and it seemed likely we were going to lose. People posted pictures and comment “This is how I feel,” and other things like that. Then, at another game that we won, I was captured on television with a huge smile and people were posting, “if Lloyd Brady is happy, Michigan must be winning”. So Lloyd Brady is me, but is also a representation of Michigan, and a feeling or sensation. I think that there is some Lloyd Brady in every Michigan fan, but I have become the representative figure of them all I guess.

Yes.  You are the embodiment of Michigan Men everywhere.  Whatever Lloyd Brady is feeling during any given play, we’re probably experiencing the same thing.  And yet, none of uscan possibly imagine what it was like to be caught in the center of this phenomenon.  Can you describe what it’s like to, well, be ‘Lloyd Brady?’
It is interesting. I didn’t really like it at first because it seemed a little weird seeing my picture and people making comments, but have learned to accept it and enjoy it now. It makes me happy to make other people happy and if meeting me or seeing me enhances someone’s Michigan experience, I guess that is what I like most about it. There are threads that people post their stories about seeing me on TV and telling their wives and kids, and now they look for me as well. It is just crazy how much attention it has gotten. I have progressed to a point that if it makes people happy, then that’s probably a good thing.


2.    I’m sure we can all remember the day or at least week* when this whole thing broke.  How did you find out about it?
I found out for myself actually when I was looking through MGoBlog after the game and clicked on the original Lloyd Brady thread and it was “woah, that’s me!”

As someone who wrote a little piece called “WifeDay,” I know what it’s like to have something blow up around here and grow beyond your control.  At what point did you realize how big Lloyd Brady had truly become? Was there a point where you just threw in the towel and learned to live with it?
When did I realize?  The Photoshop thread.  I never denied it, it was just I think I took it the wrong way to start.  It started as poking fun which I didn’t enjoy too much, but now it is completely different and I think I accepted it when Brian threw out something about it on the main page that he showed his support for me and that it was a good thing, not a bad thing.

Yeah, I think an epic 386-response thread would be hard to ignore.  So you’re a reader of MGoBlog, then?  After all this, I don’t think anyone would blame you if you boycotted us for the rest of your life.  What are your thoughts on the site?
I have been a fan of MGoBlog before this started even. I love the breakdowns of Michigan sports and besides, the MGoBoard isn’t always just Michigan related threads; there’s others that keep me up to date on other sports related news as well.

I agree—even popular culture and news (like this summer’s northeastern earthquake, personally) has a way of breaking on MGoBlog for the loyal readers.  So now we know, people—when Lloyd Brady needs an update on the Red Wings score, you know where he turns.


3.    Does the ‘Lloyd Brady’ meme exist only as an online entity, or is it alive and well on campus also? And how has it affected you on a personal level in real life?
Lloyd Brady started online, but there are people behind all those computers and many of them attend the University of Michigan (a lot of them go here) or attend football games or some of the other sports. Yes, it is on campus, I take pictures with people at parties, bars, games. On a personal level I don’t think it has changed me much; I don’t go and exploit it and say, like, “I’m Lloyd Brady” and try and get free shots at the bar or anything. I’ve had it happen, and it’s fun to see someone on campus that recognizes me: it usually leads to a conversation of Michigan sports which I am always up for talking about. Last year, people were calling out to me or taking pictures at the Gator Bowl. It also comes up at the basketball games, hockey games, etc…

Last week while at work one of my co-workers told me he was in California for the Ohio game and said at the bar he saw me on TV and some other random person at the bar yells “Lloyd Brady!” which is crazy to think about I think.


4.    Yes.  You are a national ambassador for the fan base and arguably one of our biggest fans.  What is gameday like for the student section’s most popular face?
Gamedays. If you ask my roommates they may hate me, but I make sure they are up and ready to go. Usually for noon games I’m not allowed to wake them up until 7 am. And later games, 9 am. On gamedays, I naturally wake up around 6 or 7 ready to go. Shower, wake people up, then go and tailgate for a while. Tailgating at Michigan is extremely different than any other campus I’ve visited. I enjoy the campus atmosphere during gamedays a lot. After some tailgating, it’s time to go to the game, usually a little earlier than other students.

Especially for you.  I’m sure there’s pictures to pose for, autographs to sign, babies to kiss.  What’s your secret for getting so much screen time?
I’m not sure there really is a secret, I just go be myself and enjoy the games as much as possible cheering, celebrating, doing things simply. I don’t dress up, bring signs or do anything real extreme to get on TV. I guess it’s just location and it’s a lot easier to pick me out I guess because people are looking for me.

That’s true.  Let’s see a show of hands out there—as soon as ESPN cuts to the student section, who doesn’t start scanning the crowd to see if you can pick out our boy Lloyd?


5.  Let’s talk more specifically about the student section.  And, well, Denard.  You’ll be forever immortalized celebrating with him on the wall on national television after the UConn game last year.  Tell us about that moment.
It was the first game of the season. We had some hype going into the season and didn’t really know what to expect since it was about time for Rich Rod’s offense to finally take effect. Denard came out strong and Michigan won, and everyone was excited for the time being as how things were going. After the game, the players came running over and Denard jumped up into the crowd, and then the moment that was captured was me pulling him up into the crowd. And with the angle the photo catches me at, I do look like a mix between Tom Brady and Lloyd Christmas. I was the starting QB for our state championship high school team, and back then people were referencing the “Tom Brady” look-alike appearance… but the Lloyd Christmas was definitely something new.

A former athlete, and now you’re obviously a UM student.  One day you’ll graduate and be on the job hunt.  What would you do if the ‘Lloyd Brady’ thing came up in a job interview?
If it ever came up in a job interview-- I would actually think of showing someone in an interview maybe, give them something easy to remember me by. But, if someone else brought it up, I think I would be excited and shocked. It would give me a larger perspective to how big Lloyd Brady is known and also how many people read MGoBlog.


6.    And you will forever be a part of its lore. Can you explain why you are a Michigan fan?
I was born and raised to be a Michigan fan. I have been attending games since I was 2 years old. As a child I had a Michigan helmet and played one on one tackle football against my dad and somehow won every game on some dramatic play. My sister’s first words were “Bo Schembechler;” she used to pretend to be on the phone and when you would ask her who she was talking to she would respond, “Bo Schembechler.” I actually did some volunteer work with Bo during a cancer drive for former Wolverine Tom Slade. I’ve never thought of switching loyalties or ever considered being a Spartan. When applying for college, I received my MSU packet in the mail, my parents were excited for me (well, maybe not my dad because he bleeds maize and blue).  But when they handed it to me, but I didn’t even open it; instead I said “Great, I’ll go to Arizona if I don’t get into Michigan.”

Arizona?  I bet that’s much more ironic now than it was, say a month ago.  Finally, who is Lloyd Brady’s all-time favorite Wolverine?
Lamarr Woodley.  I’ve followed him for a long, long time and it was great to see him excel at Michigan and beyond. He was a great defensive linemen and super-exciting to watch since you knew he could always get to the quarterback on every play. That whole defensive line, though, with Woodley, Branch, Watson, and Jamison, was one of the greatest D-line groups in Michigan history. Also, I guess it would make total sense if I included Tom Brady on that list as well. There are so many people that I could list … and Bo would be right up there too.

Yes.  Lamarr is one of my favorites as well.  And right up there on the list of many others is a man known as Lloyd Brady.  Thanks so much for sitting down with us, and can we expect to see you in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome on January 3, 2012?
Yes, I’ll definitely be going!



The original ‘appearance’ of Lloyd Brady, at least according to national television and Michigan football, is vs. UConn, September 4, 2010.  The famous DENARDING of Notre Dame takes place on Sept. 11, 2010, and LB once again makes appearances during that game as well, and I think that’s when the meme truly grows wings and prepares to take flight.  He then makes a famous local appearance during the remote Colin Cowherd show in Ann Arbor, and that's when heads really start to turn.  The first concrete evidence of it truly blowing up isn’t until September 22, when Shredder posts this thread  professing his nigh-offensive preference for the young fan, but at that point the name still has yet to drop.  For the first week and a half he is referred to simply as Tom Brady/Lloyd Christmas fan or TB/LC Lovechild. The next day there is a post by Yostlovesme concerning Cowherd’s B1G road trip in which LB is referred to simply as ‘Lloyd,’ with regards to whether or not Michele Beadle actually threw him a t-shirt during the Cowherd broadcast.  The next day (Sept. 24) Blazefire writes a charming Friday-morning lovefest for all things maize and blue in which LB is again revered in a post by Block M, yet he is still not officially named.

As for who is TRULY responsible for the name, it’s hard to say, but Brian himself has admitted that he feels he is responsible for coining the nomenclature, and there is archived materials to support this.  One thing is certain:  It officially goes supernova on September 30.  He is officially recognized by Unverified Voracity in a front-page post in which Brian starts off calling him “TomBrady/Lloyd Christmas fan, and even posts video in which he claims to see him (‘I’m saying there’s a chance at 2:02’).  Just after the video, Brian refers to him as LLOYD BRADY, and throughout the rest of the thread multiple posters embrace the name, starting chronologically with LoyalBlue15 at 10:03am, who ironically calls for yours truly to design a Lloyd Brady shirt. At 10:46 mdoc answers Brian’s seemingly innocent call to begin photoshopping LB into historical situations like the stunned Okie fan meme. Not long after at 10:50am, Aquaman2342, already using it as his avatar, posts a full-size image of the Lloyd Brady Time Magazine cover which sets off the feeding frenzy.  Mdoc drops another mash-up job at 11:04, thus inspiring megalomanick to start the now-legendary OT Lloyd Brady Photoshop thread at 12:30pm.

The rest, as they say, is history.



Lloyd Brady.  The meme really has taken on a sort of mythical presence, and it’s easy to forget that there’s an actual guy out there who wakes up and goes to classes and lives his life when he’s not in glorious High Definition in every one of our living rooms on Saturday.  As he himself said above, it’s almost like an alter-ego, except in a maize tee and blue base layer instead of a cape.

Let’s face it, Lloyd Brady is something of a celebrity within our fan base, and it’s been fun for all of us to be in on the joke, along for the ride.  But it hasn’t always been fun for him—at its birth, this whole spectacle was ridiculing and almost cruel in nature before gaining an air of respectability.  It’s a testament to this guy that he took it as well as he did, and even found a way to claim a sense of ownership over something that he originally had no control over.

With that being said, Underground Printing and MGoBlog are pleased to announce a new partnership with the man behind the face, and are proud to release the all-new Lloyd Brady Collection at the MGoStore.  These three new designs celebrate the phenomenon of Lloyd Brady and are now available for order:



Bigfoot.  Santa Claus.  The Loch Ness Monster.
Little green men from Mars.  And Lloyd Brady.  If you believe with all
your heart, then he must be real, kids.  THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!



Because, you know, he is.  For all of us.




Designed as an homage to Carmen Sandiego, it’s everyone’s favorite
pastime between the whistles.  Searching for Lloyd Brady is more
than a gametime activity, it's a new Michigan tradition.


Lloyd Brady looks great in the student section and even better on your HDTV… but he’ll never have looked better being worn on your chest, or even under the Christmas tree for your favorite Michigan fan.  Order now before they’re gone!




December 8th, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

I didn't become part of the MGoBlog community until last year and the Lloyd Brady craze was already in full stride.  I didn't really know what it was all about, but after seeing his name for the upteenth time here, I started noticing him on every telecast and sort of got caught up in the whole craze without really knowing what I was getting caught up in!  Seeing the story and interview here was awesome.  The part that made me laugh was that he's not allowed to wake his roommates up until 7am - epic!  Great story, cool kid!


December 8th, 2011 at 12:30 PM ^

Lloyd, if you're reading this comment, I wanted to let you know that when its time for you to start looking for jobs, make sure you start a thread on the Board about what kind of job you're looking for and where you want to live.  There are hundreds of people on this Board that are in positions of significance when it comes to hiring/firing across the country.  I think all the moderators would make an exception and let that thread stand in case it helps you find a job.  I think I can speak for everyone on the blog that we appreciate you and all that you have done for Michigan football.



December 8th, 2011 at 12:32 PM ^

I think we need a special mgopodcast with Lloyd Brady and Face Palm Guy.  Bring out the tall tale characters and shine the light on their impact in our small world of mgoblog.  Love it.


December 8th, 2011 at 12:40 PM ^

So it shouldn't be a surprise, but this profile was well deserved. Because he could have taken it very much in the wrong way, asked Brian to stop it, and he and the mods would have certainly cracked down and ended it.  But he didn't, and he shows himself to be very much more "Brady" than "Lloyd".

And it's great he's such a Michigan fan through and through.  See students?  Lloyd Brady can arrive to games early...why can't you? Remember that in 2012. WWLBD?

And now we'll forever have a link to "who/what is this Lloyd Brady reference?"

Have always loved these profiles, so HT to SixZero too for his effort and good work. (Though I really wanted to know if there were Lloyd Brady groupies out there....)


December 8th, 2011 at 12:46 PM ^

Whenever I am on campus for a meeting with their Facilities group, I will get there early just so I can see if I can't find Lloyd Brady, and I'll walk the same route after the meeting in case I don't see him before it. As an alum myself, I am very happy that we have such a visible respresentative of the student fanbase. If you want a secure job in the utilities sector, just let me know, Lloyd.

Gulo Blue

December 8th, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

As one of the people that participated in the photoshop thread, it's dissapointing to me to see that initially, Mr. Brady wasn't much of a fan of that effort.  It wasn't my intent to poke fun in a derogatory way.  In my view, the point to that thread was that he kept showing up in the right place at the right time to be photographed or on air.  From that observation, the photoshopping effort involved putting him into other recognizable scenes; it was not meant to be a comment about him in any way.  To whatever degree we strayed from that idea, intentionally or not, I apologize.


December 8th, 2011 at 1:27 PM ^


Since Six Zero called me out for doing the first photoshop [I did the second one too :\ ], I apologize if it made you uncomfortable. I can't say it any better than RedKnedy did, but thanks for being a good sport about it. Great interview guys!


December 8th, 2011 at 1:10 PM ^

Honestly I have never been so excited to click on a diary post upon seeing the title. Amazing work, Six Zero. Lloyd Brady seems like a quality guy with a good head on his shoulders.


December 8th, 2011 at 1:15 PM ^

I love that this kid has become the face of our fanbase. I can understand why he may have originally taken offense to the meme but, honestly, how bad is it to be compared facially to Tom Brady, although follically with Lloyd Christmas? You can always change your hairstyle (although I'm happy he's kept this particular coif for now).

I'm also impressed that he's not out exploiting his fame. If I were in his position, I'd be merchandising the sh!t out of myself.

Naked Bootlegger

December 8th, 2011 at 3:05 PM ^

You are a genuine hero to the masses of UM fans out there.   I lived vicariously through you over the past 2 years, always wishing I was at the Big House cheering on the team instead of in my Wisconsin abode watching on TV.   When I was at the Purdue game with my family this year (first game for my kids, 2nd time in the Big House for me in 20 years since graduating), I was just so freakin' happy to be back in Ann Arbor watching a live UM game.   I remember muttering "I'm as happy as Lloyd Brady right now" as my butt slid into my designated seat an hour before kickoff.   It was just so giddy with excitement to be witnessing our team in action.   You personify this feeling by being a true die-hard fan through thick and thin.  And, like many of us, you may have passed on smaller school athletic opportunities to pursue your Michigan academic dream (DUDE...LB WON A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE STARTING QB!!!), knowing you would probably never bask in gridiron glory wearing the winged helmet.   And now you're enshrined by one of the best MGoBlog profiles ever *and* have your visage forever archived by official t-shirts.   This is a great day.

Cheer wildly in New Orleans.   I'll be anxiously looking for you. 


December 8th, 2011 at 4:45 PM ^

like in a real life way (mutal friends and a few campus events) 

sadly, i was on a team he beat in regionals (quarterfinals) our senior year and to be honest have never quite gotten over it

however, i can tell you he is a nice guy in a real life sence as well


December 8th, 2011 at 5:56 PM ^

I liked that the Daily used Lloyd Brady as a guest picker, with no description other than "Lloyd Brady, Michigan Legend."  Nothing more needed to be said.




December 8th, 2011 at 6:46 PM ^

Fortunately I have had the pleasure of personally knowing Lloyd Brady and his family since I was young.They are long-time season ticket holders and I can all but guarantee there will be sightings for years and years beyond the time he graduates. The only downside is that at some point in the future he will be in the general seating oppose to being the valiant leader of the student section.


December 8th, 2011 at 10:20 PM ^

I saw him before the Ohio game, walking by Revelli Hall with some guys and I gotta tell you, it was one of the highlights of the day. I actually yelled out, "It's Lloyd Brady!" My 11 year old son knows him now, too, and loved seeing him. Thanks, Lloyd Brady, for just being you. 


December 8th, 2011 at 10:04 PM ^

I've been following MGOBLOG for several years, but have never felt the need to create a profile and post anything, that is....until today.  Thank you, Six Zero, for this tremendous work.  Last but certainly not least, thank you Lloyd Brady!!!  I never thought I'd see the day where you'd be interviewed here!  Thanks for being a good sport about it, and thanks for being such a big supporter of all things Michigan.  Lloyd Brady for President!!! (once you're old enough)


December 8th, 2011 at 10:13 PM ^

Does Lloyd Brady gey anything in return for his face being plastered all over t-shirts??

Loved the profile!! Hoping to see more in the future!

I wish though we found out more about like, who the real guy is...like whats his major/aspiration/etc....

BOX House

December 8th, 2011 at 10:32 PM ^

I bought Lloyd a Jagerbomb at the Jug during the Illinois game. It was an honor. He was so gracious about it. Sad that it was such a glorious feeling? Perhaps.