The 3rd athlete in the MGoUsers Poll is...

Submitted by ItsHarambe on August 31st, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Desmond Howard

 
During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records. He also led the Big Ten in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp award,  earning first-team All-American honors. Howard captured 85 percent of the first-place votes in balloting for the Heisman, the largest margin in history at that time. In 2011 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. 

Howard was drafted 4th overall by the Redskins in the 1992 NFL Draft. During his time in the NFL, Howars was First-team All-Pro in 1996 and Pro Bowl in 2000. He won Super Bowl XXXI and was the MVP of the Game. 

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#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. 

 

 

 

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Comments

LSAClassOf2000

August 31st, 2016 at 6:54 AM ^

As I recall, MVictors had the audio from Moeller and the staff on the sideline in the moments before this play, and you can hear Moeller - for a minute - second-guessing himself with regards to formation and a few other things, so this may very well have never happened in some other world. Glad we got this highlight, and it is also one of my favorite moments that I had the pleasure of watching in person actually. 

WolverineHistorian

August 31st, 2016 at 12:50 AM ^

Desmond was just one of those freak of nature talents.  His diving catches were like poetry in motion.  Half the time, it seemed like he didn't even need to dive to make the catch but he just wanted to make a TD look "prettier" for the crowd.  Double covering him didn't make a difference.  Lethal return man. 

And the amazing thing is he never caught a single pass in high school because he played tailback.  Try to wrap your head around that when you see his highlights.  TV commentators were in awe of him week after week. 

 

Wolverine Devotee

August 31st, 2016 at 8:14 AM ^

People won't agree with me, but Willie Heston is our best player ever. He would've won the Heisman all four years if it existed back then.

Look at his stats. He AVERAGED 18 rushing TDs per season. That would be tied for second in the modern single season stats. So 18 TDs as a freshman.

He also had a 6 TD game and a 5 TD game. 

MGoBender

August 31st, 2016 at 9:38 PM ^

People won't agree with me, but Willie Heston is our best player ever. He would've won the Heisman all four years if it existed back then. Look at his stats. He AVERAGED 18 rushing TDs per season. That would be tied for second in the modern single season stats. So 18 TDs as a freshman. He also had a 6 TD game and a 5 TD game.

This right here is why people get so annoyed with WD. You try to show you are a better fan than everyone else by pulling out some ridiculous history to make some ridiculous argument. Heston played in the 1901-1903 teams. The point-a-minute teams. How can you consider anyone on a team that won a "game" 119-0 to be the greatest of all time? A varsity RB can score 6 TDs against a freshmen team; does that make him the greatest of all time? No disrespect to awesome Heston or Yost's teams that laid the foundation for the greatest football program ever... but let's be honest about the level of competition during that era.

Wolverine Devotee

August 31st, 2016 at 9:44 PM ^

Chicago, Wisconsin. Buffalo was pretty good in 1901 and we put up 128 on them.

Heston played from 1901-04. 72 TDs.

He was a great reason that we won all those games. There were some low scoring games there during that stretch.

There is an unconfirmed fact put out by the B1G records that the 1901 team gained 8,000 yards of total offense.

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Tbone67

August 31st, 2016 at 6:38 AM ^

Howard is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only was he exciting to watch on the field but he was and still is a great ambassador for Michigan Football.

WestQuad

August 31st, 2016 at 7:53 AM ^

Biakabatuka should be on the list somewhere just for his [319] yards versus OSU.

Skrepanak?  Messner?

Gerald Ford probably isn't in the 25 best athletes, but being President probably gets him on ahead of Phelps who didn't play a sport for Michigan.  

 

and what about the Steiner brothers?

jdemille9

August 31st, 2016 at 10:19 AM ^

I can only speak for myself (though it appears there are many others in my camp) but I am not a hockey fan so I have no idea who played at Michigan or anywhere else for that matter. My ignorance led me to omit athletes I did not know about when voting. I don't even think I could name 15 hockey players period, let alone Michigan ones.