Ole' 98 is the legend of legends. Tom Harmon was Michigan's first Heisman winner, and was also Michigan's first true superstar.
This man truely did it all either it be passing, running, receiving, kicking, or punting. Whatever it was he could do it.
The programs listed Harmon as a running back, which he was, but he was often playing various other positions. In his career Harmon played all 60 minutes eight times.
As a player Harmon finished his career with 2,134 yards rushing and 1,304 yards passing on 100 completions for 16 touchdowns. He scored 237 career points in three years. He was also an excellent punter by standards back then and today.
In his final game at Michigan, Harmon accomplished something no one has ever done, including Buckeyes... That is to leave the Shoe to a standing ovation. After single handidly beating the Bucks by virtue of three rush touchdowns, two pass touchdowns, kicking four extra points, intercepting three passes, and punting three times for an average of 50 yards the onlooking crowd could do nothing more than show their respect to the greatest performance in the rivalries history.
Harmon wrapped up his final year in Ann Arbor by winning the schools first Heisman Trophy and by winning the Maxwell Award.
It was what Harmon did after leaving Michigan that may make him the greatest Wolverine of them all.
After the 1940 season Harmon was drafted #1 overall by the Chicago Bears but passed on his NFL chance to enter the Army. As a WWII bomber pilot Harmon received the Purple Heart after his plane was shot down in combat. Harmon survived the crash and walked to safety.
Also, like Woodson, Harmon was place on ESPN's Top 25 Greatest Players in College Football History. Harmon was ranked 16th.
Argue if you want but Tom Harmon is the greatest player in Michigan history. His greatness transcended beyond football but into the world as well. His WWII heroics along with his football play have represented the great name of The University of michigan better than anyone else.
Since he left Michigan his ole' 98 has been retired by the university making it one of five to have been retired.