Michigan Football: 5 Biggest Fan Favorites in Wolverine History

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIFebruary 18, 2013

Michigan Football: 5 Biggest Fan Favorites in Wolverine History

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    Where do we even begin when dissecting the biggest fan favorites in the rich and storied history of Michigan football?

    Everybody obviously has their own opinions, probably stemming from the time period in which you were born.

    There are obviously no right or wrong answers on this list, just simply a list of five of the greatest Michigan Men of all time.

5. Rick Leach

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    We're going back a few years here with this first one, as Rick Leach checks in at No. 5. Leach played quarterback at Michigan from 1975-1978, and then eventually went on to play Major League Baseball.

    Playing under Bo Schembechler, Leach was known for his toughness and grit and will to win.

    He is also known for breaking many of the all-time quarterback passing records at the time.

    To this day he holds the highest completion of passes attempted that went for touchdowns. 

4. Mike Hart

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    Mike Hart stands as Michigan's all-time leading rusher; that, in itself, is enough to get him on this list.

    Regardless of that, Hart's personality and love for Michigan would land him on this list in a heartbeat.

    His outspokenness was admired by Wolverine fans, while at the same time hated by opposing fan bases everywhere.

    Whether it was guaranteeing a win over Notre Dame in 2007 or his comments about Michigan State that same year, you have to admire his attitude. To this day he still gets under Mark Dantonio's skin.

    Mike Hart is also proof that you don't need exceptional height or a high rating out of high school to be a star running back at a high-profile university.

3. Anthony Thomas

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    Anthony Thomas, or the "A-Train", previously held the Michigan rushing record until Mike Hart claimed it in 2007.

    Thomas, a freshman on the '97 team, helped contribute to Michigan's successful season that eventually wound up with the Wolverines being crowned national champions.

    Thomas went on to have an unbelievable career at Michigan, capping it off in 2000. The Bears drafted him in the second round of the 2001 draft, and he rewarded them by rushing over 1,000 yards in his rookie season.

    Known for his bruising running style, Thomas will always be a fan favorite in many eyes.

2. Tyrone Wheatley

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    Tyrone Wheatley is just another great in a long line of outstanding Michigan running backs.

    Playing from 1991 to 1994, Wheatley is at or near the top of the record books in a number of Michigan rushing categories.

    He was also named MVP in Michigan's Jan 1, 1993, Rose Bowl appearance.

    Perhaps he is best known for his blazing speed, something that he exhibited for many years by running track.

    Wheatley is now experiencing a coaching career. Recently, he was hired as a running backs coach by the Buffalo Bills.

1. Charles Woodson

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    This one shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. What can possibly be said, though, about Charles Woodson that hasn't been said already?

    Still the only primarily defensive player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, this man simply made plays the way no other football player had before.

    Seemingly unstoppable at times, Woodson led the '97 Wolverines to a national title in one of the most magical seasons in the history of this storied program.

    Not only was Woodson a great football player, but also a great human being. To this day he still contributes heavily to the university and to Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

    Simply put Woodson is, through and through, a true Michigan Man.