There Are Jarrett Irons Days to Michigan Football

Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Hard to believe that for four seasons prior to Michigan's great 1997 defense, Jarrett Irons patrolled the middle of the field for the Wolverines. Two-time team captain and once an All-American, he's second in the Michigan record books in career tackles. If an opposing player ran into his zone, Irons was going to tackle them.

In the middle of his career, Lloyd Carr became the head coach of Michigan, and then they played Virginia in the 1995 Pigskin Classic (side note: remember the Pigskin Classic? A far cry from JerryWorld Classic).

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