Wolverine Legends Tournament Round One: Crisler Region

The final region we will break down is the Crisler Region. Voting is unlimited and will end on 2/30 at midnight. Match-ups can be seen below or at the Legends Tournament page.

(1) Glenn Rice vs. (8) Jimmy King

Glenn Rice is one of the all-time greats in the Michigan basketball program. He is the program’s career leading scorer with 2,442 points in his four years. Rice led the Wolverines to the 1989 National Championship and scored a record 184 points during that run in the NCAA Tournament. He was the fourth overall selection in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami heat and won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000. Rice’s #41 was retired by the program in 2005.

Jimmy King is another one of the notable alumni of the Michigan Basketball program. The guard out of South Bend, Indiana was a member of the famous Fab Five in the 90’s that went to two straight national title games. He was drafted in the second round by the Toronto Raptors in 1995, but his pro career never really took off, playing only one season in the NBA.

Update: Glenn Rice advances with 93% of the vote!

(2) Bennie Oosterbaan vs. (7) LaMarr Woodley

The younger generation may not be familiar with him, but Bennie Oosterbaan is one of the best athletes in school history. Oosterbaan played football, basketball, and baseball for the Wolverines in his college career from 1925-28. He was an All-American in football, where he played defensive end and wide receiver, and basketball, where he played forward. He was also All-Conference in baseball, winning the Big Ten batting title that same season. Oosterbaan is one of two Wolverines, the other being Anthony Carter, named to the All-American team three straight seasons. After his playing days, he also coached basketball (1938-1946) and football (1948-1958) for the University of Michigan, winning the national title in football in 1948. His resume is one that will never be matched again in Ann Arbor

LaMarr Woodley is one of the best linebackers ever to come out of Ann Arbor. Primarily a defensive end in college, he had 12 sacks in his senior year and won the Lombardi Award in 2006. He was first-team All-Big Ten that same year in addition to being named to the All-American team. Woodley was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft and has been successful in the league. Playing rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense, he has been named to the Pro Bowl once and won the Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2009.

Update: Bennie Ooserbaan advances with 55% of the vote!

(3) Ron Kramer vs. (6) Chad Henne

Ron Kramer was another multiple sport star of the Wolverines. He lettered in football, basketball, and track in his career during the 1950s. Kramer led the Wolverines basketball and football teams in scoring in two of his seasons there. He was a two time All-American in football and his number 87 has been retired by the program. He was the fourth overall selection of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and made a Pro Bowl

Chad Henne was probably the best passer in recent history for the football program. A four year starter, Henne and the combination of running back Mike Hart and receivers Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston, and Jason Avant were an offensive force to be reckoned with in their years together. In his career, Henne completed 828 of 1,387 passes for 9,715 yards, 87 touchdowns, and 37 interceptions, all five of which are school records. He is second in Big Ten conference history in passing touchdowns.

Update: Chad Henne advances with 58% of the vote!

(4) Charlie Gehringer vs. (5) Jake Long

Charlie Gehringer is one of the all-time greats of the Michigan program. He played basketball and baseball, where he caught the eye of Detroit Tigers outfielder Bobby Veach, who convinced him to come tryout for the team. He ended up playing for the Tigers from 1924-1942 and was a six time All-Star selection at 2nd base. He was the 1937 American League MVP while winning the batting title that same season. His #2 was retired by the organization and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.

Jake Long was one of the best blindside protectors in Michigan Football history. Playing on the same teams as Chad Henne and Mike Hart, Long was a formidable presence at the offensive tackle position. He was first-team All-Big Ten in 2006-07 and was the first overall pick of the 2008 Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He is a four time Pro Bowler and made the All-Pro team in 2010.

Update: Jake Long advances with 86% of the vote!

So who comes out of this region? YOU DECIDE! Voting ends 2/30 at midnight and is unlimited. Remember to vote in the Berenson, Schembechler, and Yost regions as well. Second round matchups will be posted Monday, March 4th.

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