This is delayed, but we finally have tallied up the votes and come to a conclusion! Your Bleed Blue Wolverine Legends Tournament Champion is …. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Champion”
After weeks of voting, we are down to two men for the right to be called the Bleed Blue Wolverine Legend. Voting is unlimited and will end Friday, April 5th at noon. Go Blue! Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Final: Charles Woodson vs. Glenn Rice”
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. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament: Final Four”
We are down to eight guys for the right to be crowned Bleed Blue’s Wolverine Legend! Who best represents the University of Michigan? YOU DECIDE! Voting is unlimited and runs until March 17th at midnight. Check out the match-ups below: Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament: Elite Eight”
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. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Round Two: Crisler Region”
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 Yost Region. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Round Two: Yost Region”
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 Berenson Region. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Round Two: Berenson Region”
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. Continue reading “Wolverine Legends Tournament Round Two: Schembechler 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.
We took a look at the match-ups over in the Schembechler and Berenson regions, now we move over to Yost. Voting is unlimited and will go until 2/29 at midnight. Take a look at the breakdowns below.
(1) Tom Brady vs. (8) Aaron Ward
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.
Aaron Ward is one of the more successful players to come out of the Michigan hockey program. The defenseman was drafted fifth overall in 1991 by the Winnipeg Jets and won three Stanley Cups in his 17 year career, two of which came with the hometown Detroit Red Wings. He played in over 600 career games and has represented the program well in his days since then.
Update: Tom Brady advances with 99% of the vote!
(2) Chris Webber vs. (7) Marty Turco
Chris Webber may very well be the best player to play basketball for Michigan. Considered the leader of the Fab Five, Webber and the Wolverines went to two straight national championship games. He was a first-team All-American in 1993 and was selected by the Orlando Magic (then traded to Golden State) with the first pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. The five time NBA All-Star had a successful 15 year career and retired in 2008. Due to the Ed Martin scandal, he was banned from Michigan events until 2013. No word yet to if either side has contacted the other to make amends. Regardless, Webber is a staple in the history of the Wolverine basketball program.
Marty Turco is considered one of the better goalies of his era. The former Wolverine netminder had a very successful career at the University of Michigan. He won two national championships in Ann Arbor and carried that success over to the NHL. He had over 275 career wins and holds the NHL record for shutouts in a playoff series with 3. Known for his signature style of good puckhandling for a goaltender, Turco retired in 2012 and is now an analyst for NHL Network.
Update: Chris Webber advances with 85% of the vote!
(3) Denard Robinson vs. (6) Mike Hart
Denard Robinson is arguably the most electrifying athlete that has ever stepped foot in Ann Arbor. Robinson is the all-time leading quarterback rusher in college football. His speed as a passer was a weapon that few defenses could stop, let alone contain. He has 9 of the 10 highest total yardage games in school history. He was not the greatest of throwers by any means, but every time he touched the ball there was a chance he could go the distance. He was also the ultimate leader and team player. When Brady Hoke and his staff came in 2011, Denard was key to the transition period. His future is uncertain as of now, but there is no denying Robinson was one of the best to take the field.
Michigan is famous for the running backs it has produced over the years, and Mike Hart is among the most accomplished of them. Starting as a true freshman, he set the school record for a first year player with 1455 yards rushing. He finished with 5040 yards, which is a Michigan school record. He had 28 games with at least 100 yards rushing and five with 200 yards or more. His pro career was met with marginal success, but he did go to the Super Bowl with the Colts in 2009. Mike Hart was a great leader destined for success and it seems he has found it, joing the Eastern Michigan football coaching staff after his retirement from the NFL in 2010.
Update: Denard Robinson advances with 65% of the vote!
(4) Drew Henson vs. (5) Jim Harbaugh
Drew Henson may be best known for taking the quarterback reigns from Tom Brady, but he was also a very good baseball player for the Wolverines. Drafted in the third round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, Henson had marginal success at the major league level before announcing his retirement from baseball in 2003. From there, he was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2003 by the Dallas Cowboys. He was never really able to seize any opportunities to play consistently in the league and retired after he was cut by the Detroit Lions in 2008. Although his pro careers did not bode well, it takes a special athlete to make it pro in two sports.
Jim Harbaugh may be best known for throwing temper tantrums on the sidelines as an NFL coach, but before then he was one of the more successful quarterbacks in Michigan football history. Playing for Bo Schembechler, he finished his college career in the top five in passing attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards and touchdown passes in school history. In his junior year in 1985, he was one of the most efficient passers in the country, leading the Wolverines to one of their best seasons under Bo. He went on to have mixed success in the NFL as a player, but is now coach of the 49ers and is one of the best in the league. Regardless of your opinion of his demeanor, he has represented the University of Michigan well since leaving.
Update: Jim Harbaugh advances with 80% of the vote!
So who comes out of the Yost Region? YOU DECIDE. Voting ends 3/1 at midnight and is unlimited!