December 5th, 2012 at 1:43 PM ^

Did he drop some balls? Sure. But he was about as big in big games as anyone I've watched at Michigan in the 25 or so years I've been paying attention. A notch below Desmond and Woodson, but just a notch.

Go look at his stats at mgoblue.com. In his three years he went over 100 yards receiving three times against OSU, twice against MSU, and in all three bowl games. He was a great college player.

A lot of people want to denigrate what he did at UM because he's been kind of a dumbass since leaving and flamed out as a pro, but the two things are separate. He was a great player, and also kind of a dumbass.


December 5th, 2012 at 2:56 PM ^

But picking out one play in a game where he gets 10 catches for 109 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running twice more for 17 yards is kinda silly. If our defense hadn't trimmed their finger nails that day he was probably right up there with Breaston and Henne for Rose Bowl MVP.


December 5th, 2012 at 9:37 AM ^

Braylon seems to have been born with two mouths and one ear instead of the other way around.  The same mentality that makes him think his alumni contribution to Michigan should allow him to decide who wears the number "1" has come back to bite him on the butt again.  


Darth Wolverine

December 5th, 2012 at 10:09 AM ^

Braylon is my all-time favorite Michigan player and unfortunately I think his football career (at least in the NFL) is over. He had some great games here and there and one excellent season (2007 Browns), but other than that he has been a huge bust. It hurts me to say that, too. I hope his Michigan degree does something for him. The guy is pretty smart, so I expect him to land on his feet.

4272 Bartlett

December 5th, 2012 at 10:21 AM ^

This is what happens when you mix a person with a Napolean complex and a diva WR.

I am one year older and I went to middle school with Braylon at U of D Jesuit Academy and then Michigan with him in the early 2000s. Braylon is and will always be who he is. I remember when he arrived at the Jesuit Academy as a skinny 7th grader who still had the high pitched voice. He thought he was "all that" because of his dad and the fact that he was running in national track meets in Hershey, PA but cried when he got cut from the basketball team. He was picked on constantly and always felt the need to prove himself.(Ohio nightclub incident)

 No one thought that he would ever do the things that he did at U of M as he didn't mature physically until much later in high school.  If I remember correctly he started off going to high school at Detroit Martin Luther King and did not play football there before he went to Bishop Gallagher.

In 2001, his freshman season in AA, Lloyd Carr called Braylon a candy ass during a team meeting to which Braylon replied, "Shut up Droopy!". This is the infamous incident that led to the two of them to not be on the same page. So yes it was he who you saw running the stadium steps. I also remember Braylon and Chris Perry sucker punching an associate of mine at a house party in 2001 because my friend was a non-athlete getting more girls than them.

Like someone on this board said it before, "Braylon's gonna Bray"


December 5th, 2012 at 11:43 AM ^

In 2001, his freshman season in AA, Lloyd Carr called Braylon a candy ass during a team meeting to which Braylon replied, "Shut up Droopy!".

What? I have a hard to believing something like this. It'd be like if a player said "Shut up Fatty" to Hoke.  That calls for a level of disrespect (for your freaken HC) that is just beyond what I can imagine.  I mean, I know Braylon's gonna Bray, but that's a bit much.  I guess he got over it later since he went to "Lloyd Carr's University of Michigan".


December 5th, 2012 at 11:09 AM ^

It seems strange to me that nobody has been given that number since the scholarship was created. Is that correct? How many years has it been?

As I understand it, the scholarship states that the player with the #1 jersey gets it, and if there is no #1 then it basically just funds one player's scholarship. I know Brandon Graham got it one year. Edwards' foundation site says Steve Breaston got it, but I don't think he ever wore #1.

I don't have a problem with it -- I'm just wondering of anyone knows of any recent news about it. I guess it was held out to not steal the thunder of #21 and the others unretired this year. Certainly Hemingway or Roundtree could have worn it. 

It's a given that #2 will eventually get a jersey patch. With regard to #1, to my mind, only AC was great enough to have his number retired. Carter started the tradition -- without him, #1 would never have been given to Edwards. A dual patch with Carter and Edwards would be a travesty, IMHO. I wonder if Edwards is big enough of a man to admit that, and let Carter have a patch.


December 5th, 2012 at 1:18 PM ^

I wonder if Edwards is big enough of a man to admit that, and let Carter have a patch.

I agree that the only receiver worthy of a patch on the #1 jersey is Anthony Carter. If we want to honor him accordingly someday and Braylon objects, there's no law saying we have to take his money.


December 5th, 2012 at 3:21 PM ^

I'm shocked the Lions haven't picked him up yet seeing they need receivers.  He will fit right in.  Kind of a head case and can't catch the big ones.