We are down to 16 men for the right be crowned Bleed Blue’s Wolverine Legend. Below are the breakdowns for round two in the Crisler Region.
(1) Glenn Rice vs. (5) Jake Long
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.
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.
(2) Bennie Oosterbaan vs. (6) Chad Henne
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
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.
So who moves on to the Elite Eight from this region? YOU DECIDE! Voting ends 3/10 at midnight and is unlimited!