Most names on this list are recognized by most Michigan fans, even the casual ones.
However, there is one name that few in the Michigan fan base remember. Including the most loyal of Michiganders.
The name is Don Warner. If you think of Warner, you would think of Rudy.
Warner was just like the famed Rudy from Notre Dame. Small, lacking talent, he didn't have a chance in Hell to play.
But like Rudy, he had heart and lots of it.
But even Schembechler admitted he had NO chance of playing.
It was in 1970, after Warner enrolled as a freshman, that he went to Bo Schembechler and told him that he wanted to be a member of the team.
Bo thought the kid was a little running back but when he asked Warner what position he played, Warner responded, "offensive guard."
Warner was 5'10" 175 lbs...Bo was amused.
Bo let Warner know that he already had 265 lb guard Reggie McKenzie and 260 lb Tom Coyle at the guard spots.
Warner wasn't phased, he wanted to play. He told Bo, "OK if I'm too small to play guard, I'll play middle guard on defense."
Bo was getting angered by then. Bo told Warner he could go out and play but he was going to get killed. Warner graciously said thank you.
He spent his first year on the scout team and was beat day after day. But he never missed a practice.
At the end of his freshman year Bo sat down with Warner and told him he admired him, but he then said that he (Warner) was too small to play.
Again Warner held his ground, "No coach, I know what I have to do. I'm going to lift weights, get bigger, and be out here next spring."
The following spring Warner returned. Then the spring after that.
Year by year he improved, and Bo was impressed. By the time he was a senior, Warner weighed 195 lbs. Michigan's two starting middle guards from the previous season had graduated leaving spots open.
Bo told his coaches to move Warner to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. When he told his coaches to do so Bo assumed a younger teammate would take the spot from Warner...but they didn't.
Warner started every game at middle guard in 1973. Michigan was undefeated that season. Of course that was the year of the infamous 10-10 tie with Ohio State.
Of all the players on this list Warner may very well be the biggest "Michigan Man" of them all. For those who stay, right? He did stand up to Bo after all, big points in the "Michigan Man" standings right there.
After his graduation he worked his way up to being an executive for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.
Guy just never stopped giving his all...