The 2nd athlete in the MGoUsers Poll is...

Submitted by ItsHarambe on September 1st, 2016 at 12:31 AM

Tom Harmon

Harmon was a halfback for the Michigan from 1938 to 1940. He led the nation in scoring and was a consensus All-American in both 1939 and 1940 and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the AP Player of the Year award in 1940. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

During World War II, Harmon served as a pilot in the US Army Air Corps. In April 1943, he was the sole survivor of the crash of a bomber he piloted in South America en route to North Africa. 

After the war, Harmon played two seasons of professional football for the Los Angeles Rams. He later pursued a career in sports broadcasting. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for the first televised Rose Bowl in the late 1940s and worked for CBS from 1950 to 1962. 

Previous Posts: 

#3 - Desmond Howard

#4 - Anthony Carter

#5 - Tyrone Wheatley

#6 - Denard Robinson

#7 - Braylon Edwards

#8 - Jake Long

#9 - Mike Hart

#10 - Bennie Oosterbaan

#11 - Tom Brady

#12 - Jim Harbaugh

#13 - Glen Rice

#14 - Cazzie Russell

#15 - Rick Leach

#16 - Steve Hutchinson

#17 - Chris Webber

#18 - Ron Kramer

#19 - Sierra Romero

#20 -Trey Burke

#21 - Michael Phelps

#22 - Lamar Woodley

#23 - Dan Dierdorf. 

#24 - Benny Friedman

#25 - Anthony Thomas


Disclaimer: This is not my poll. This is a collection of polls taken by MGoUsers. Credit goes to Wikipedia for the info. If you're upset by these rankings, don't be. Everything is going to be okay. But feel free to let me know why I'm an idiot in the comment section. 




Go Blue



September 1st, 2016 at 6:51 AM ^

I don't know, man, this is MGoBlog - what would normally happen is that a second, similar poll will appear about a month later asking you what the most underrated Michigan athletes of all time were, and most of those replies will directly reference the previous poll. It ends up being the inevitable subtly sarcastic response to something on which opinions were quite divided. 

Everyone Murders

September 1st, 2016 at 8:32 AM ^

From what I've heard, the book was written and published during WWII, so is assuredly a propoganda piece that may or may not have been written by Harmon.  That's not a criticism of Harmon, but during our nation's greatest struggle any such book was - properly - heavily censored and likely heavily edited.

I'm glad he wrote the book and it's undoubtedly interesting and assuredly has Harmon's fingerprints all over it at the very least.  But given the time of publication, it is probably devoid of juicy tidbits that the Axis would also have found interesting.  If you buy it with all of that in mind, it should be a good read.

Ronnie Kaye

September 1st, 2016 at 2:51 AM ^

The obvious #1 is deserving of the top spot but this list is so tainted by the confusion many had that this was football only. Honestly, why did you even go through with it after that? Could you not see that the data was corrupted when the top 12 were all the same sport?

Rice, Burke, Cazzie and (in my opinion) Webber are all too low. Michigan Basketball has had more serious flirtations with national championships than Michigan Football has in the last half-century.



South Bend Wolverine

September 1st, 2016 at 3:08 AM ^

Some controversial placements on this list, but I think this one is right.  Harmon was an absolute monster in all phases of the game, definitely deserves to be very high up.  I actually wear #98 for my rec league teams to honor him, so definitely a personal favorite.  Still gotta go with Woodson for the top spot, though.  What he delivered as the headliner of the 97 defense/team as a whole is unparalleled.