December 8th, 2010 at 10:09 AM ^

Setting aside his speed, arm strength and unlimited potential, this kid is just the most likeable player that I can remember.  He has as much natural ability as any kid in the nation, without a shred of the ego / arrogance that usually accompanies such talent. 

Also, while many poke fun at RR's "quirky" personality (Football Bust), I think that it was pretty awesome that he got down in the snow and made snow angels with Denard.  What an awesome guy.  Whether he stays or goes, and whether he was a good fit for Michigan or not, it is hard not to really just like Coach Rod.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:09 AM ^

Robinson never had seen snow, let alone someone flap his wings in the stuff.

"So I got on the ground and started making a snow angel," Rodriguez recalled.

Robinson said he also remembers picking up some snow, playfully chucking it at Rodriguez, "and then running pretty fast after that."

Robinson also packed snow into a plastic bag for his return flight.

"Melted on the plane," he said.

El Jeffe

December 8th, 2010 at 10:12 AM ^

Very nice story. I'm starting to think that it's harder to get positive press in the MSM (you have to have an unprecedented season offensively) than negative (you have to play a cheesy song at a banquet).

Oh well. Here's to two more years of Denard housing fools.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:15 AM ^

On the day he committed, Robinson told reporters: "'I want to be the face of Michigan."

Has he done that?

"Not yet," he said. "I haven't proved myself. I still want to make my name like Des (Howard) and Charles Woodson and Tom Brady."

He is getting there. But we all know that he will always be one of the best that played at Michigan and will always be one of the most liked. We all love ya Denard, keep on being yourself and working hard.

Section 1

December 8th, 2010 at 10:14 AM ^

That an interesting, positive, compelling human interest story on the Michigan Wolverines, Rich Rodriguez and one of the team's star players would appear in a newspaper...

...in Chicago.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:39 AM ^

Doesn't surprise me. Down here in Ohio we've had several positive stories on the program in the Plain Dealer. It seems only the Detroit media has a vendetta towards Michigan.

If it helps maybe Section 1 can post the Chicago articles and Ill post the Cleveland articles and the rest of you guys can see what the world really thinks.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:18 AM ^

favorite part: 

On the day he committed, Robinson told reporters: "'I want to be the face of Michigan."

Has he done that?

"Not yet," he said. "I haven't proved myself. I still want to make my name like Des (Howard) and Charles Woodson and Tom Brady."


as RR says in the article, he's not even close to hitting his ceiling. His ceiling is scary-good


December 8th, 2010 at 10:44 AM ^

...of the 2010 team. Ever since the UConn game, it's been almost impossible to read an article or hear a story about UM football in which Denard is not mentioned. As regards a longer term impact, if he stays healthy for two more years in this system we may be talking (favorably) about this kid for a long time to come. He is truly a gifted athlete and a fine reflection on both the team and the University.


December 8th, 2010 at 12:15 PM ^

I thought the apex of Zoltan's punts was sort of like the temperature "absolute zero," sound in theory but never directly observed?

I always assumed Zoltan's punts returned back down to Earth because he LET'S them. I think if he ever kicked at 100% power, the ball would slip into another dimension. 


December 8th, 2010 at 10:25 AM ^

It's things like this that make me realize it's impossible to not love this kid!

And the fact that he put snow in a bag to take home to Florida is hilarious.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:30 AM ^

.....our own Denard Robinson, and those other QBs of questionable character.

Denard: "I want to be the face of Michigan"

Pryor: "I'm just biding my time here until I can hit the big payday. Anyone want to go kill someone? Come on, you know you really want to!"

Newton: "I want to be the most expensive college player, ever. My daddy says he's got that covered."

Denard(very humble, I might add): "I haven't proved myself yet"

Pryor: "Is it gonna be 2012 yet? I needs my bennies now."

Newton: "$180k? Hah! Just wait til' they find out how much Auburn ponied up!"

Ok, ok. I know Pryor and Newton didn't really say those things, but it isn't that big a leap to imagine that they have. I'll take Denard over those two clowns anyday.


December 8th, 2010 at 10:41 AM ^

Our helmets have wings and we can make snow angels together!  How many other programs can say that?  Maybe we need to bring Dee up when it snows and let him make snow angels with Denard and Richrod.


December 8th, 2010 at 12:07 PM ^


But seriously... we can't give enough accolades to this kid.  He's a class act on and off the field.  The team loves and looks up to him, a true leader.  He is always the first to acknowledge that his teammates are the reason he's accomplished so much this season and that he is always trying to improve.

You want to be the face of Michigan?  You got it.


December 8th, 2010 at 11:34 AM ^

"...for a recruiting visit on the second weekend in January 2009."  He committed on 2/4/09

Late in the recruiting process by most accounts.  Wonder what gem(s) RR will bring in January 2011


December 8th, 2010 at 12:23 PM ^

That there are still people in the media (even if it is in Chicago) that realize there is more to a person than wins and losses and their song choices at banquets. I think people fail to get past the title of "Coach" when the think about Rodriguez, thus neglecting that oh so important fact that he is a human being who loves, cries, feels and cares just like the rest of us.


Regardless of what people feel about his tenure as a coach at Michigan, I'd argue until my voice is gone against anyone that says this guy doesn't have the character or the passion that a Michigan Man needs. I hope people don't let their opinions about the CC muddy the fact that Rich Rodriguez truly cares about what he does and the kids he coaches. He's successfully molding boys into men, and that's a hell of a lot tougher job than winning football games, IMO.

Uncle Rico

December 8th, 2010 at 12:39 PM ^

I agree with your sentiment there, but for a guy like RR, I think that the mentoring and caring comes naturally.  Those are two necessary qualities of a great leader IMO.  

Another one is the ability to make difficult decisions, in ambiguous circumstances.  RR does have some difficult decisions to make regarding his coaching staff if you ask me.


December 8th, 2010 at 1:45 PM ^

Mike Downey left the Free Press for Chicago years ago. One continued on the path to having its greatest value as a liner for bird cages at Grandmas house, and the other is still viable though I think Downey kept going "West young man"


December 8th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

I like how last year all anyone could talk about were the shoelaces.  Heck, even to start this season it was all about the shoes.  Now that the country has learned the true character and abilities of this great kid, they have more of a story than just the footwear.

Of course the over/under on shoelace references by the Gator bowl tv crew must be +/- 5.


December 8th, 2010 at 7:58 PM ^

"My family wanted Florida," Robinson said. "But the drive is as long as a trip to Michigan."

And Tim Tebow's decision to return for his senior season didn't help the Gators.

This is the first time that I can say: Thank you, Tim Tebow!