Former Michigan RB Mike Hart: A Then and Now Perspective

HD Handshoe - BlockONation.comAnalyst IMarch 20, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Running back Mike Hart #20 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid a tackle attempt by safety Major Wright #21of  the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. Michigan defeated Florida 41-35.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

As a Buckeyes' fan, people accuse me of being unfairly anti-Michigan and an OSU homer.

There's no such thing as being unfair when it comes to hating the team from the North even if I am a Buckeye homer.

However, I can be fair and objective (usually) when it comes to judging the talent a player possesses, regardless of his team affiliation.

Mike Hart, as much as I hated him (and still do), was easily one of the best running backs to ever wear the maize and blue.

He is the all-time leading rusher in Michigan history, he helped get Michigan to two Rose Bowls, and he was a major factor in leading the Wolverines to the 2008 Capital One Bowl upset of Florida in Lloyd Carr's final game as UM head coach.

It remains to be seen if he will excel in the NFL as he did for four seasons in Ann Arbor after missing the majority of his rookie season to injury.

At least he has excelled in learning some humility as seen recently by his appearance on the Big Ten Network's show, The Big Ten Quad, hosted by former Buckeye and Heisman Trophy winner, Eddie George.

I take pleasure in hearing him admit that it eats him up inside that he NEVER did beat Ohio State.

It's not because I'm a heartless hater.

No, it has much less to do with that and much more to do with this:

But, alas he's technically no longer a Wolverine so as forced as this may sound (and I admit, it's kind of forced!) I wish him well in his future endeavors.