Taylor Lewan: Michigan Man

Submitted by MGoVoldemort on January 9th, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I know there is already a thread on his announcment, but I think a thread celebrating what appears to be a completely selfless decision on Lewan's part is needed. It just goes to show you how much character and determination he has. Truly a class act!


Thanks for showing us all what it truly means to be a Michigan Man, Taylor.

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January 9th, 2013 at 6:21 PM ^

Don't praise "selflessness".  He wants to be at Michigan, and he clearly gets value out of being there.  He is not harming himself, just for the sake of others - I would call that irrational.

Having said that, hell yes!  


January 9th, 2013 at 6:26 PM ^

He could just as easily suffer a career ending injury and never be able to play football again. Being able to play football tomorrow isn't guaranteed to thes kids, and he's turning down immediate millions of dollars, for something that is not guaranteed to him. I'd call that a selfless act, absolutely.


January 9th, 2013 at 6:36 PM ^

Like I said, there are other factors.  He gets a lot out of being at Michigan, like most of us did, and he is willing to take a chance based on this value.  If the decision were as simple as the football factors you stated, I would just call it 'stupid'.  Why would it be good to not think about your own well-being? 


January 9th, 2013 at 8:30 PM ^

It's not at all selfless for Taylor to stay at Michigan. He gets a tremendous amount of satisfaction from it, obviously more than millions of dollars could buy. Not everyone is like that. But to Taylor, staying at Michigan was worth more than going to the NFL. It's not selfless to do what you want, it's selfish, and it's right and proper (as long as you don't violate anyone else's rights, of course).

If you don't recognize goblueram's avatar, it's from the cover of Atlas Shrugged, which explains in (possibly way too much) detail why selfishness is a virtue. Somewhat funny in this context that your avatar is You Know Who.


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January 9th, 2013 at 10:41 PM ^

I agree, this is selfless in the sense that it doesn't benefit him as much to stay as it does to go to the pros.  It's not totally selfless, he is covering his ass with the insurance policy (which is just smart).  But, that NFL paycheck is probably the best decision for his long term future.  

He feels a strong connection to the team, which is a virtue we prize highly as Michigan fans, and sports fans in general.  He wants to come back to help his teammates win and become better players.  Very selfless.  If he felt no loyalty to his team he would be looking for real estate in Philly or Cleveland right now.

This is a big risk for him - I mean he could get rolled up on on the first snap of 2013 (God forbid).   I'm glad he's coming back and I'm proud of him  for making a decision we so rarely see nowadays!  Thanks Taylor and Go Blue!



January 9th, 2013 at 8:36 PM ^

Sweet Jesus Christ, the guy was arguing about whether or not something that we all agree was awesome was also selfish or not. Just because he has an opinion, you accuse him of thinking he's smarter, more nuanced, and more sophisticated than other people? Get off your high horse and accept that people can have different opinions without being wrongmeanbad.

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January 10th, 2013 at 7:02 PM ^

Pretty sure the dude regurgitating Randbytes with the Atlas Shrugged avatar is the one bringing politics to the board here.  This is largely why I was irritated. 

Also, my personal philosophical belief is to live every week like it's Shark Week, just like Tracy Jordan teaches.  No one better criticize that, neither.

EDIT:  Ok, Shark Week is my snarky analogy.  Here's a better one:  I'm a social darwinist, and I think that humanity is defined by a struggle between races where only the superior will survive.  Not saying which races are superior/inferior - just keeping it on the level of theory.  And when something Michigan football-related comes up that reminds of some of the social darwinist ideas I think are cool, I might draw the parallel there.  Nothing political or anything like that.  Just my philosophy.


January 9th, 2013 at 8:08 PM ^

home on I-94 and trying to see his decision.  It took me until this point in the post.  Taylor Lewan decides to return to the Univeristy of Michigan for his final year.  He says that Team 134 will be special and he wants to be a part of it.

Now I would never admit to any crime however WTKA does not reach to Macomb County.  So I had to do what I had to do.  I appologize to anyone near 23 Nukle Road when I almost went into the ditch when I got to this point in the thread and I did the fist pump, flashed my lights and sounded my horn.

Thank You Taylor.  You have certainly proved that Michigan is the Leaders and Best.