#1) Bo Schembechler - I'm only twenty-two years old. I don't remember him coaching. But his book had a bigger impact on me than anything any other wolverine ever has.
#2) Lloyd Carr - I never thought he was the greatest x's and o's coach, but a few years ago, I was thinking about getting into coaching, so I sent him an email about myself. He responded with his personal phone number. I called him and he talked to me - a below average division III player - for half an hour on the phone. It meant a great deal to me. And actually made me realize that there were more important things to me than football.
#3) Eric Mayes - I'm not going to lie and say I even knew he was on the 1997 national championship team, at the time. But he was my group coach when I went to the UofM camp one summer. The speech he made to the entire camp, and just being around him for a week, had a huge impact on me.
#4) Fielding Yost - He made Michigan Football what it is today, and what it has been for the last 108 years. 165-29 (.851) lifetime record with six national championships. Might never be such a dominant coach in college football again.
#5) Charles Woodson - That 1997 season was the best experience I have ever had as a fan of sports. If there was one person to thank for that, it'd be chuck.
#6) Rich Rodriguez - I am thankful for him because I truly believe that he will give me another season like the 1997 one. Maybe more.
#7) John Beilein - He's the best thing that's happened to Michigan basketball since I've been watching. I don't know if he's ever going to bring it all home, but I do know that he's going to bring home the most that an honest man can in what has become collegiate basketball.
#8) Red Berenson - There isn't a better atmosphere in all the world to watch a sporting event than Yost Arena, and we have one man to thank for that.
#9) Tim Biakabatuka - The first Michigan game that I ever attended was the 1995 Michigan/Ohio State game with my late father. It was one of the best experiences we ever had together.
#10) Jalen Rose/The Fab Five - I'd say Chris Webber if it wasn't for his off the court involvements...but, watching the fab five as a child was probably the most fun I will ever have as a basketball fan.
Honorable Mention: John Bacon - Without great story-tellers, we would never hear great stories. I am very thankful that John Bacon has decided to make the University of Michigan his home (he could be writing for the NY Times, or teaching at Columbia if he wanted). And I am very thankful that he will continue to tell us great stories for a long, long time to come.