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Important numbers in U-M history

40-31: Crisler introduces the winged helmet; Cazzie 'builds' Crisler Arena

Updated: July 20, 2012, 4:24 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

Over the coming weeks, WolverineNation staff writer Chantel Jennings will be examining some of the most important numbers in the history of Michigan athletics. Today, she takes a crack at Nos. 40 through 31.

40

Jersey number -- Ron Johnson, who wore No. 40 for the Wolverines, was one of the first prolific rushers in Michigan football history. During his career he set eight Big Ten rushing records. The two-time Michigan MVP still holds the Michigan record for most rushing yards in a game (347 against Wisconsin in 1968). He also holds the No. 4 spot (270 yards against Navy in 1967).

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Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesBraylon Edwards was No. 1 in the game program and No. 1 in all-time touchdown receptions.

39

Touchdowns -- The most career receiving touchdowns in Michigan football history, by Braylon Edwards from 2001-04.

38

Year -- In 1938, Fritz Crisler introduced the winged helmet to Michigan football. Crisler hoped the helmets would help his quarterback spot receivers down the field, but they quickly became the iconic look of not only Michigan football but also Michigan athletics. Hockey, rowing, baseball, softball and even swimming have all sported the wings on their head gear at some point during their histories.

37

Goals -- The most goals scored in a hockey season, by Jason Botterill during the 1996-97 season.
Runner-up: Seasons -- The number of seasons Bob Ufer commentated on Michigan football.

36

Seasons -- The number of seasons Ron Warhurst coached men's cross country and track and field at Michigan. He was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year four times and coached 148 All-Americans and five Olympians. Warhurst helped to put Wolverines runners, specifically in the middle-distance events, on a national stage.

35

Jersey number -- Phil Hubbard wore the now-retired jersey No. 35 during his four seasons at Michigan. During his career he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. He was named an All-American in 1977 and went on to play and coach in the NBA.

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AP Photo/Duane BurlesonPhil Hubbard's number is among two retired basketball jerseys in the 30s at Michigan.

34

Points -- In 1897, when the Ohio State and Michigan football teams faced off for the first time, Michigan won, 34-0.

33

Jersey number -- Cazzie Russell wore the now-retired jersey No. 33 during his Michigan career. He was one of the first basketball players in Michigan history who could play anywhere on the court. He averaged 27 points and nine rebounds per game during his career and was a three-time All-American. In 1966 Russell was named the College Player of the Year. He is one of the most iconic players in Michigan athletics history. While Crisler Arena is named after former football coach Fritz Crisler, it's often referred to as "The House That Cazzie Built."

32

Points -- The number of points scored by Michigan in a loss to Appalachian State during the season opener in 2007. It is one of the worst (if not the worst) losses in Michigan football history. However, the Wolverines would go on to salvage the season, finishing 9-4 and winning the Capital One Bowl.

31

Jersey number -- Shawn Hunwick, who has become one of the more well-known underdogs in college hockey, wore No. 31 at Michigan. A walk-on turned Hobey Baker finalist, Hunwick finished his career as one of the top goaltenders in Michigan history.