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There Are Hello Heisman Days to Michigan Football

Three weeks. 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.


"One man! Goodbye! Hello, Heisman!" Keith Jackson exclaimed on the broadcast of Michigan's final regular season game against the Buckeyes in 1991. Desmond Howard had cut past a few defenders, sidestepped some more, and charged up the sideline with only the poor punter to beat. With that play, Howard became Michigan's golden boy. In interviews, he has said he debated with himself on whether to pull "the pose," but for the benefit of us all, the temptation of further humiliating a John Cooper team won out.

As terrific and memorable a play as that was, Howard's inconceivable diving catch in the end zone against Notre Dame earlier that same season might be the more memorable of the pair. Howard's junior (and final) season got him the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards, plus Michigan records (at the time) for points scored, touchdowns, and consecutive games with a TD grab. Plus nine other records.

A salute to Michigan's showiest and most beloved football hero.

*Video question: What is up with the announcer of the Gator Bowl?