We are down to four guys for the right to be named Bleed Blue Recruiting’s Wolverine Legend. Voting is unlimited and will end 3/24 at midnight. Check the match-ups out below.
(1) Charles Woodson vs. (2) Desmond Howard
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.
Desmond Howard is a legend in the Michigan Football program. This former Heisman Trophy winner led the Big Ten in scoring with 138 points in 1991. This receiver and return specialist also won the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards during his Heisman season. He holds NFL records for the 2nd longest kick return TD in the Super Bowl of 99 yards and is third all time in punt return touchdowns with eight. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame and his number 21 has been honored by the University of Michigan.
(1) Tom Brady vs. (1) Glenn Rice
Tom Brady seemingly came out of nowhere. Backup to Brian Griese during the 1997 National Championship season, this former Wolverine quarterback rose from seventh on the depth chart his freshman year and ended up battling out with Drew Henson to be the #1 QB in ’98 and ’99. Coming out of college, nobody expected him to be much of anything in the NFL. A sixth round pick by the Patriots, Brady replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and led the Pats all the way to the Super Bowl that year, and the rest is history. He has gone on to become a three time Super Bowl winner and eight time Pro Bowler. Brady has come a long way from his Michigan days and is now one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen.
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.