Michigan Football Top 10
Michigan football equals tradition, winning, the helmets, "Hail to the Victors," and some of the greatest college football players to ever play.
Here is a look at the top 10 players that ran out of the tunnel wearing the winged helmet, touching the "Go Blue" banner, and leaving everything on the field.
Michigan Football is all about the TEAM.
Michigan players from Charles Woodson to the walk-ons can make an impact on the Wolverines.
It's the classic games like the 2000 Orange Bowl or 2004 Michigan-MSU game or a miracle play in 97 against MSU or "Hello Heisman".
It's Michigan: It stands for leadership, understanding the tradition, and making the University of Michigan the best leaders on and off the field.
#10 Mike Hart
The reason why Mike Hart is No. 10 is because he was the leader of the Michigan football team throughout his entire career, but some of his outspoken character caused Michigan to get negative pub at times.
He left Michigan as the career rushing leader, which isn't bad for a slow running back from New York.
It helped when he was running behind Jake Long.
#9 Brian Griese
Brian Griese came to Michigan as a walk on.
No one thought he would ever see the field, but in his senior year Scott Dreisbach suffered an injury and Griese became the starter.
He kept the job leading Michigan to a undefeated season in 1997, winning the Rose Bowl after beating Washington State.
Griese was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl.
#8 Tyrone Wheatley
Tyrone Wheatley was one of the best running backs Michigan has ever seen.
Teams tried to stop him but he ran so hard that he ran through people, and when he got to the second and third level—he was gone.
He had record-breaking numbers in the Rose Bowl against Washington and was named player of the game.
He had a Rose Bowl record 88-yard rushing TD that helped Michigan beat Washington 38-31.
#7 LaMarr Woodley
LaMarr Woodley, a sack-master at Michigan, had a great jump and quarterbacks knew where he was every time on the football field.
He could either played LB or played defensive end.
Every Michigan fan remembers the game against Brady Quinn and Notre Dame in 2006 where Woodley recovered a fumble and ran it all the way back the "Big House".
#6 Jake Long
Steve Hutchinson, Jon Jansen, Jake Long, Jon Ruynon, Dan Dierdorf are names of some of the greatest Michigan offensive lineman.
Jake Long was a feared offensive left tackle, protecting Chad Henne and lead blocking for Mike Hart.
He played to the whistle, and opposing players knew they were in for a long day.
In his senior season, he never had a holding call go against him.
He was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft to the Miami Dolphins.
#5 Tom Brady
Tom Brady defines winner.
He battled with Drew Henson at Michigan but he never had a bad attitude about him.
He was poised, confident, and was a leader for Michigan.
He had some memorable games at Michigan.
At Penn State, with Michigan down 10 and little time left in the fourth quarter, Brady led Michigan back and won the game off a QB draw.
Or the classic Orange Bowl game against Alabama. Michigan wouldn't give an inch. On the first play in overtime, Brady found his TE for the score.
Alabama came back but missed the PAT.
Brady is now considered one of the all-time greats in the NFL.
#4 Braylon Edwards
Braylon Edwards one of the best wide-outs Michigan history.
He left everything at Michigan, he loved Michigan...He was a leader for a young Chad Henne and Mike Hart.
His best performance was against Michigan State in 2004 when he leaped higher than everyone, ran crisp routes, got past the double teams, and helped Michigan defeat there in-state rival three straight years.
Edawards also helped Michigan go to back-to-back Rose Bowl and won two Big Ten titles.
#3 Desmond Howard
That's what everyone heard and still hears when they see the highlight of Howard running down the sideline against The Ohio State.
How about the catch against ND on a fourth-and-one to win the football game?
Howard put everything on the field at Michigan, and he did it both in the classroom and on the football field.
Not only did he win the Heisman, but was also a Super Bowl MVP.
#2 Anthony Carter
AC the original No. 1...
He made that jersey a tradition at Michigan where every wide-out wants to wear the No. 1.
It took a good work ethic, leadership, and being unselfish.
All those things Anthony Carter was at Michigan under the legend Bo.
His most famous play was against Indiana in 1979, when with a few seconds left he ran a post route, broke two tackles, and walked in the end zone.
Every Michigan fan was celebrating that Michigan classic.
#1 Charles Woodson
Mr. Do-everything, a shut-down corner, a punt returner, a wide-out, Woodson was the leader.
Woodson was also the main reason why Michigan won the Big Ten undefeated. He also won a Heisman trophy.
From his incredible play against MSU, the punt return against OSU, the touchdown-saving interceptions against OSU, and WSU in the Rose Bowl.
On my list, Woodson embodies as the spirit on the Wolverines.