2000 Michigan Roster - most NFL players of all time?

Submitted by michiganfanforlife on May 7th, 2012 at 9:49 PM

So I'm watching the replay of the Michigan vs. Alabama 2000 bowl game, and I'm blown away with how many of our guys from this roster played in the NFL. Is it the most star studded team in the history of our program? My criteria is simply how many guys played in the NFL vs other UM rosters. I will list all the guys I can remember, and it's up to you mgoexperts to find guys I'm missing and maybe another team that had even more.

In no particular order...

Tom Brady, Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Thomas, Jeff Backus, David Terrel, Ian Gold, Rob Renes, Josh WIlliams, James Hall, David Baas, Justin Fargas, Drew Henson, Chris Perry, Larry Foote, John Navarre, Cato June, Marquise Walker ,BJ Askew, Bennie Joppru, Shantee Orr, Victor Hobson

That's 21 by my count, and that's even more than I expected.... thoughts?



May 7th, 2012 at 11:49 PM ^

The 1997 NC team had 28 players that made NFL rosters, which was more than the 2000 team.  Most of the names are up on the wiki page for that team.  It was a remarkably talented team. 


May 8th, 2012 at 12:01 AM ^

Ronald Bellamy?  Looks like he didn't have any receptions in '99, but he had some kick returns/punt returns.  Didn't have much of an NFL career but played for the Dolphins in '04.  His stats show he played in 2 games with no starts but had 1 reception for 8 yards.  Other than that just practice squads for him (Ravens and Lions).


May 8th, 2012 at 4:58 AM ^

Miami 2001 is just disgusting.

Look at how many of those players not only went and played in the NFL but were/are franchise stars.



May 8th, 2012 at 9:15 AM ^

>And while Michigan's loss to Illinois was awful

Jeez, how'd you blow a 20 point lead in the second half like that?

(missed assignment>touchdown, missed assignment>touchdown, missed assignment>touchdown)





May 8th, 2012 at 10:45 AM ^

Realistically, you could do this with plenty of Michigan teams, both good teams and bad/mediocre.  For example, I give you the 2004 Michigan Wolverines.  All of these guys played at least special teams for a season or two in the NFL.  Bolded are guys that have actually been decent contributors/starters.


Jamar Adams, Adrian Arrington, Jason Avant, David Baas, Alan Branch, Steve Breaston, Prescott Burgess, Shawn Crable, Braylon Edwards, Matt Gutierrez, Leon Hall, David Harris, Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Marlin Jackson, Tim Jamison, Jake Long, Tim Massaquoi , Ryan Mundy, Morgan Trent, Gabe Watson, LaMarr Woodley, Pierre Woods


May 8th, 2012 at 2:29 PM ^

2004 actually looks like one of Carr's better years in retrospect. There was a lot of talent, but it was all young; many of the future NFL guys were freshman. Until the day of the first game, the QB was going to be Matt Gutierrez and the running back was going to be a committee not including Mike Hart.

Michigan flipped that into a B1G title and a narrow loss to Texas that looks about as good as any loss we've ever had in retrospect.

The real disappointment was that the incredible promise of '04 was never realized. And I think that defines Carr's legacy almost as much as '97 does.

True Blue Grit

May 8th, 2012 at 11:11 AM ^

had under Carr.  Terrel and Walker were both 5* high school receivers, plus they had the A-train, Tom Brady at QB, and an NFL caliber offensive line.  Trouble is they had Mike DeBord as offensive coordinator.  Enough said.  But, Carr didn't help things sometimes either.  In this game at the end of regulation, he squanders almost 40 seconds off the clock while holding several timeouts.  Instead of attempting to score a TD or get a lot closer for Epstein, he picks the most ultra-conservative course of action and it almost costs us the game.  Fortunately, Alabama's kicker inexplicably misses the PAT.