I am Von Lozon and I’m new to TBHR. I thought of a few things to write about for my first post, but what better way to start off my writing career here than with a top five list of the best U of M football players that have come and gone in my lifetime of watching and following this great school.
So, without further ado, here we go!
5. Tom Brady: Okay, I know what everybody is thinking. Why Brady, a future hall of fame quarterback, only at number 5? His contribution to Michigan football wasn’t as big as some of my other picks on the list and honestly, I wasn’t a super big fan of Brady when he was at U of M. Don’t forget, he almost transferred to Cal after getting absolutely no playing time his first two seasons. As much as I love him, he can only be number 5 on my list.
4. Anthony Thomas: A big contributor early in his career, he helped lead the Wolverines to a 12-0 record and a national championship. He was a force to be reckoned with, as he holds the record for most rushing touchdowns at 56 and once held the rushing yards record as well before Mike Hart broke that in 2007.
3. Braylon Edwards: This guy was an absolute stud. Setting the receiving records for receptions, 97, and receiving yards, 1,330, during his senior season locked up being a top 3 pick in the NFL draft in 2005. Seeing this guy play up close in the Big House was very special. Once in a lifetime type of receiver to see play at Michigan.
2. Charles Woodson: Sure, he only played 3 seasons at the University of Michigan, but he is the greatest player to ever put on that Maize and Blue uniform on Saturday’s. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996, got an interception in the 1997 Rose Bowl against Washington State, and won the Heisman Trophy during his junior season in 1997. He had 18 interceptions total as a Wolverine. That interception he had against Michigan State in 1997 still makes me scream “Pepper needs new shorts!”
1. Mike Hart: Even though Woodson was the greatest, Mike Hart is my all time favorite Wolverine. Having a rushing game is important to any teams success in scoring points, and Mike Hart was a rushing threat to every team. Being at the game where he broke the rushing yards record is still one of my favorite memories at the Big House. It is still one of the loudest games that I have ever been to. What still stuns me is that he only lost 3 fumbles total in his career at Michigan and 2 of them were in his final game in the 2008 Capital One Bowl against Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.
Honorable mention on this list goes to Denard Robinson. His contributions to the team in a transition period cannot be denied.
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