Friday, February 20, 2009
Michigan's Mount Rushmore
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
This is another Rushmore list that can't be completely on target or totally off base. Michigan has won too much and produced too many stars to fit on one mountain.
The Wolverines boast 18 multiple All-Americans, including three-time selections Bennie Oosterbaan and Anthony Carter, neither of whom made the final list. The winningest program in FBS history has several iconic coaches, 15 Big Ten MVPs, three Heisman Trophy winners and two Maxwell Award winners. Michigan's Rushmore could easily be made up of four coaches, but I couldn't shut out the guys who made it happen on the field.
Here's the list for the Wolverines.
Needless to say, there were a ton of others considered for Michigan's Rushmore, including: Oosterbaan, Carter, Desmond Howard, Gerald Ford, Fritz Crisler, Dan Dierdorf and Rick Leach.
- Bo Schembechler -- He will always remain an icon at Michigan and in the Big Ten as one of the most recognizable coaches in college football history. Schemechler's teams at Michigan won or shared 13 Big Ten titles, reached 10 Rose Bowls and never had a losing season. He went 194-48-5 in 21 seasons at Michigan and later served as the school's athletic director. No figure meant more to Michigan athletics in the modern era than Schembechler.
- Fielding Yost -- Yost laid the groundwork for Michigan's success as head coach for 25 years. His teams won six national championships, including four straight from 1901-04. Michigan went 56 games without a loss, and 20 of Yost's players earned All-America honors. He later served as Michigan's athletic director from 1921-41.
- Tom Harmon -- Harmon won Michigan's first Heisman Trophy in 1940 and starred for Fritz Crisler's teams as a do-it-all star. He ran, threw and kicked the ball, scoring 237 points in his career. Harmon finished second in the Heisman voting in 1939 and won Big Ten MVP honors and the Maxwell Award the next season.
- Charles Woodson -- It probably took several dynamic punt returns to secure the Heisman Trophy, but Woodson is undoubtedly one of the best defensive players in college football history. The Wolverines star cornerback is the only predominantly defensive player to win the Heisman, intercepting eight passes in 1997. The two-time All-American swept the national awards as a junior and finished his career with 18 interceptions.