As you let your hoarse voices heal think back to the events of Saturday night, from the key turnovers caused by the defense, or lack-there-of, to Roy Roundtree’s spectacular game-winning catch. Brent Musburger could not have said it any better:
On the night they honor Desmond Howard, you cannot forget the 4th and 1 play with Elvis Grbac and Desmond Howard bringing down the Irish, and tonight– Denard Robinson and Roy Roundtree.”
Desmond Howard was honored prior to the game by becoming the first player to have his jersey number worn by a current player, along with a commemorative patch with his name on it. With Howard being the first, it makes me wonder which players from our time here in Michigan could someday receive the same honor. Here are my picks:
Charles Woodson- The first defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy and the man who led Michigan to a National Championship (the first of hopefully many in our lifetime). He was drafted to the NFL, where he is working on a hall of fame career. Despite his professional success, he has not forgotten where he came from as he continues to give back to the University of Michigan.
Braylon Edwards- The most recent Michigan player to wear the coveted number one jersey, which is much deserved. Three consecutive 1000+ yard seasons and the star of the 2004 Michigan vs. Michigan State game (referred to by some as the “Braylon Bowl”). Tough debate with this one though- would you put a patch on the number one or the original number 80 that he wore?
There may be players on the current team that could also receive the same honor as Desmond Howard, but we shall see how their careers finish up. For now, Charles Woodson and Braylon Edwards would be my picks for a future pre-game ceremony in the Big House. Many players will wear their names on a commemorative patch while leading Michigan to more exciting wins like what was witnessed on Saturday under the lights.
(Photo courtesy of @DesmondHoward)