July 19th, 2012 at 10:24 AM ^

Is it ok that I cried a little?  He may not be the best to ever don the winged helmet, but it's a pretty safe bet that we'll never see a highlight reel (or a smile) like his again. 


July 19th, 2012 at 10:29 AM ^

My favorite Denard moment: His first college play.  I was in the stands, and think, "Fuck, he dropped the ball..." Only for him to introduce himself to the world in a most spectacular way.  He may be my favorite Michigan player ever.


July 19th, 2012 at 10:32 AM ^

Great vid. I've never seen that recruiting vid before, you can tell how camera shy he was, he's really matured here. Without a doubt my favorite player ever.

Also, I can't get over how much I love this line: "at the 50, and they'll never catch him." Just a perfect example of how much of a beast he truly is. When's the last time we could say that about a Michigan player? Hell, when's the last time anybody could say that about a quarterback?

Ron Utah

July 19th, 2012 at 10:32 AM ^

WOW.  What a great video.  What a great kid.  What a great player.  What a great...


Hail to the Victors.  Go Blue!  Beat 'Bama!


July 19th, 2012 at 10:55 AM ^

Love the kid.


...and I never get tired of hearing Brent Musberger tell us that the throwback to Vincent Smith is "one of the plays they practice".  Damn, if we only practiced some other plays, just think how good we would be.


July 19th, 2012 at 10:56 AM ^

This is an excellent tribute - I had a grin on my face for the entire 14:31 run time, and it was just the thing I needed after a long morning of listening to people ask me why their jobs weren't done 15 minutes ago.

It did make me think, of course, how much I will miss this electric presence after this year. Every game I have attended during his time here to date, I have just thought, "Damn, this is fun...and he's on my team." every time the jets kick in and he finds himself in a different ZIP code compared to the nearest defender.


July 19th, 2012 at 10:57 AM ^

Good man, that Denard. 

When I make player tributes, I like to keep them between 10-13 minutes.  But that's going to be a difficult task when Denard's Michigan career is over.  He's got enough highlights to make an hour long video.


July 19th, 2012 at 11:17 AM ^

Awesome-After 40 years of being a Michigan fan,  Dernard is hands down my favorite.  Not only for his football skills, but how he handles himself, his charisma, his demeanor,  his love for the game , his teammates and the university.  Nothing is scripted.  And don't forget him being a fan and supporting the other sports.  You've never seen this all rolled into one superstar.  But, he's not done eating.  I think we're going to see one of the most amazing years in Michigan football and college football that a player has. Go Blue


July 19th, 2012 at 11:35 AM ^

We need to decide on a song, and don't need to think about it until then, but this song must be sung to Denard by the Michigan Stadium crowd as he leaves the field for the last time. 

That should then become a tradition that we sing to all the seniors as they leave at the last home game of the season.

Wolverine In Iowa

July 19th, 2012 at 12:11 PM ^

So much credit to his parents and family -- what a fine young man.  Also massive props to Rich Rod and his staff for finding Denard.

Denard is a legend, and his legacy will only grow.  Go Blue!!


July 19th, 2012 at 12:30 PM ^

Obviously all of the runs and touchdowns and such are fantastic, but I think my favorite part of that video is Denard running around with such pure unadulterated joy after the Sugar Bowl win.  Not only is he an incredible player, the likes of which we may never see again in a winged helmet, but his joy and love for football, his university, and his teammates is what makes me proud that he plays for Michigan.

MGJS SuperKick Party

July 19th, 2012 at 1:38 PM ^

It has been amazing to watch him grow as a player, and a person. We gotta enjoy this year because there will never be another person with his personality walking through those doors at Schembechler hall. It's going to be magical.


July 19th, 2012 at 1:18 PM ^

Not only will his accomplishments on the football field earn him that recognition but it's his character and demeanor as well that truly exemplifies it!  Awesome tribute!  Makes me excited for some Michigan football!!  Go Blue!!! and Go Denard!!!  :)


July 19th, 2012 at 3:45 PM ^

Awesome video. Guess I have to wait a little while to post mine because it's not nearly as good as this one. It's gonna be sad to see him finish up his time at Michigan.


July 19th, 2012 at 3:48 PM ^

He is the definition of what a Michigan Man is. Absolutely love seeing him supporting Michigan athletics and that smile is just amazing.