There Are Mike Hart Days to Michigan Football

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Twenty days. That's all that remains until opening Saturday in Ann Arbor. All the off season hi jinx, NCAA tomfoolery, hit pieces, scandals, and replays of painful losses will just float away come sunrise on that day. Michigan Stadium has sat dormant for too long, the sidelines empty, clamoring for the rumble of band, team and fans. Our countdown series continues down the home stretch, honoring the players and games of Michigan lore.

Harder to bring down than an elder bantha, impervious to fumbling, and better at smack-talking than anyone, Mike Hart carved up the Michigan record books and did it while standing up. Seriously, did he ever go down besides when he was diving into end zones? Without him, there's no "little brother" spat, no time capsule-worthy victory over Urban Meyer in the Capitol One Bowl, and certainly no shot at the national championship in 2006.

Hart broke defenses and records, and then reminded you what he just did to your face if you were the poor fool who had to wrestle him out of bounds. In due time, he'll be back at Michigan, teaching fresh running backs how to carry the ball a million times without dropping it, but until then we can only reminisce about his Michigan exploits.

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