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Wolverines 'un-retiring' famous football numbers

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08:33 AM ET 06.13 | While its athletic director, Dave Brandon, has taken some heat for moving too quickly into the future, Michigan is also honoring its past. The Michigan football program is opening its retired vault. Its plan to honor legends by having current players wear their jerseys will continue this season with three more following Desmond Howard's No. 21 last year: former U.S. President Gerald Ford's No. 48, Bennie Ooosterbaan's No. 47 and Ron Kramer's No. 87. All three had been retired jerseys, and their families gave U-M the blessing to reintroduce them in memory of the deceased legends. U-M made the announcement Tuesday night, stating that it's unknown which three current Wolverines will wear the honored jerseys.

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Brady Hoke, Icon Sports Brady Hoke, Icon Sports
June 13, 2012  08:43 AM ET

A thread about "un-retiring" numbers? WTFjj

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June 13, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Man, I hate the off-season. How many more days till CFB?!?

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June 13, 2012  09:43 AM ET

I don't always talk to tsun's AD.....but when I do, I order the pepperoni pizza to be delivered in 30 minutes or less.

June 13, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Bring back number 00.

June 13, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bring back number 00.

Bah, go full tilt and use 3 digit numbers for the fat dudes on the O-line.

June 13, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bring back number 00.

I always wondered why they would use 00 instead of just a single 0. Does having an extra one make it more of a 0 than just one 0 does?

June 13, 2012  11:05 AM ET

Might as well only 4 numbers retired and that takes up alot of closet space.

June 13, 2012  11:09 AM ET

Most fans don't remember most of these players anyway. The AD to me has to much power at Michigan especially letting someone wear President Ford's jersey.

June 13, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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I guess they weren't that famous

It seems for you to be famous they have to a crack heads or your super hero a football player that breaks into homes to help pay for their drugs.Look at the GREAT people that their numbers that were retired from MICHIGAN one was and a former PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES,and the others are in the FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.

June 13, 2012  11:12 AM ET

Mr. Gator maybe you are to young to remember the last player to wear 00 was Jim Otto center of the Oakland Raiders of the old AFL.

June 13, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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Mr. Gator maybe you are to young to remember the last player to wear 00 was Jim Otto center of the Oakland Raiders of the old AFL.

What's an AFL??

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June 13, 2012  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bring back number 00.

TCU has, at least in baseball. Kevin (I think) Crone...freshman first base from AZ about 6' 5" and 260 lbs. Did pretty good this year, should be a beast over the next 2 or 3 years. I think GP could make use of him during the fall...don't know if he's asked or not.

June 13, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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It seems for you to be famous they have to a crack heads or your super hero a football player that breaks into homes to help pay for their drugs.Look at the GREAT people that their numbers that were retired from MICHIGAN one was and a former PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES,and the others are in the FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.

That President was not elected and he was selected to be Vice President under the 25th amendment, first VP to be selected in that manor and the he inherited the Presidentcy after Nixon resigned. When he ran for re-election a peanut farmer beat him.

June 13, 2012  11:55 AM ET

Then we got an actor.

 
June 13, 2012  12:14 PM ET
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Then we got an actor.

Might have been an actor but he did a damn good job of it. Wish we had someone as worthy of the part still acting. I know, I know...no politics. I do disagree with un-retiring jersey numbers though. Otherwise what's the point of retiring them in the first place?

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