We are down to 16 men for the right be crowned Bleed Blue’s Wolverine Legend. First we take a look at the Schembechler Region. Breakdowns can be seen below.
(1) Charles Woodson vs. (4) Anthony Carter
Charles Woodson is arguably the face of the Michigan football program over the last 20 years. Leading the Wolverines to the 1997 National Championship and winning the Heishman Trophy in the same year, this two-way star is one of the most decorated athletes in U of M history. Drafted fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in 1998, Woodson has a very successful pro career as well, playing for the Raiders and Packers in his fifteen year career. You will not see a Heisman highlight reel without Woodson famously striking his pose against Michigan State in 1997.
He is an eight time NFL Pro Bowler, seven time All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.
Anthony Carter or “Snake” as he was known, was one of the best Wide Receivers in Michigan football history. He was a three time All-American and held several receiving and return records for the Wolverines (some of which were broken by a guy over in the Berenson division). He finished as high as 4th place in Heisman trophy voting during his career. In a program that was primarily a running team under Bo Schembechler, Carter was the big play deep threat that brought immense balance to the offense. He had 141 catches for 2681 yards with 33 touchdowns in his Wolverine career. He started out in the USFL for the Michigan Panthers, but was drafted in the 12th round on the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings in 1985. He was a three time Pro Bowler (88’,89’,90’) and finished his career with the hometown Detroit Lions.
(2) Tom Harmon vs. (3) Cazzie Russell
Tom Harmon is one of the greatest football players ever to step foot on campus at the University of Michigan. A tailback who was also a kicker, Harmon was a Heisman Trophy winner in 1940. He rushed for over 2000 yards in his career, with 1304 yards passing and 16 touchdown passes. Harmon could truly do it all.
“Number 98” had arguably the greatest performance of his Wolverine career in his final game against rival Ohio State in Columbus, scoring three rushing TD’s two passing TD’s, four extra points, three interceptions, and three punts for an average of 50 yards, something that surely will never be duplicated. It was such a rare feat of athleticism, that the Buckeye fans gave him a standing ovation after the game, something no Wolverine has experienced since then.
Cazzie Russell is arguably the greatest Wolverine basketball player of all time. After all, the Crisler Center is dubbed “the house that Cazzie built.” He led the Wolverines to three straight Big Ten titles from 1964-66, and went to the Final Four in both the ’65 season, where they lost to Duke in the semi-finals, and ’66, where they lost to John Wooden’s UCLA team that was in the midst of a dynasty. In 1966, Russell averaged 30.8 points per game and won the National Player of the Year award. He went on to have a successful NBA career, winning a title with the Knicks in 1970 and being named an All-Star in 1972 with the Golden State Warriors. It’s a crime that he gets overlooked, but he is definitely one of the best college basketball players of all time.
So who moves on to the Elite Eight from this region? YOU DECIDE! Voting ends 3/10 at midnight and is unlimited!