About Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines football programs began in 1879 while the basketball joined thirty years later in 1909. University of Michigan has been most of its time a member of Big Ten Conference as they are currently in East Division, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The school’s colours are maize and blue and a live wolverine was the colleges’ mascot in the twenties and thirties. He was called Biff. The Wolverines have fierce rivals in Michigan State Spartans, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Wolverines football program is well known for its game attendance breaking records as well as performance on turf where Michigan has the most all- time wins (925-331-36) and the second highest winning percentage in college football,
The university claimed 11 national titles, leaving five titles unclaimed, the Wolverines were conference champions 42 times and took part in 44 Bowl games bringing a combined record of 21-23, including 33 consecutive appearances in such games being the second longest streak in college football history.
The Wolverines also fielded three Heisman Trophy winners and a president of USA played on their team too in Gerald Ford who played as center and on defensive side too.
Their most accomplished Heisman trophy winner is Charles Woodson, a cornerback and a safety who spent 18 seasons in NFL playing for the Raiders and the Packers where he won his only Super Bowl ring.
Woodson’s other accomplishments include leading the NFL in interceptions two seasons, being the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, four times named to First Team All- Pro and invited to 9 Pro Bowls during his long career recording over 1000 tackles, 65 interceptions and 20 sacks and 13 defensive touchdowns.
If the records of football teams are not enough, perhaps looking towards basketball will fill any voids as the Wolverines won NCAA tournament title once and had been the runner ups further five times. Michigan took part in 28 NCAA tournaments, won one conference tournament title and were 14 times conference regular season champions.
There were two overall number 1 picks in NBA drafts coming out of Michigan, including Chris Webber who was drafted by the Magic but never played for them. Webber was NBA rebounding leader once, NBA Rookie of the Year and five times NBA All- Star.
Some Wolverines went onto winning NBA championships including Rudy Tomjanovich who was drafted second overall and played in NBA for 11 seasons being named five times NBA All- Star. After retiring he went into coaching and he led his former team, Houston Rockets to two back to back NBA titles.
It is easy to notice that Wolverines can become great athletes that make a huge impact for the teams they play for contributing to overall teams’ successes.