Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Brandon Graham

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29Sep 2022
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker/defensive end Brandon Graham had an outstanding day on Sunday when he made 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass breakup in a 24-8 win over the Washington Commanders. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady completed 31/42 passes for 271 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions in a 14-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin Bush, Jr. made 11 tackles in a 29-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns
  • Kansas City Chiefs DE Frank Clark made 3 tackles and 1 sack in a 20-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts
  • Packers OLB Rashan Gary made 3 tackles and 1 sack in a 14-12 win over the Bucs
  • Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis made 7 tackles in a 23-16 win over the New York Giants
  • Minnesota Vikings S Josh Metellus made 11 tackles and 1 huge interception in a 28-24 win over the Detroit Lions
  • New England Patriots S Jabrill Peppers made 7 tackles and 1 fumble recovery in a 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens
  • Steelers DT Chris Wormley made 5 tackles in a 29-27 defeat at the hands of the Browns
1Feb 2022
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Tom Brady is Retiring

Tom Brady

The greatest NFL player of all time is retiring. The nice thing about Tom Brady is that unlike in other sports, the clear GOAT in football is Brady. Nobody else can lay claim to that spot, not after 7 Super Bowl wins, 10 Super Bowl appearances, and 14 conference championship games.

Not after 84,520 passing yards, which is #1 all time. Not after 7,263 completions, which is #1 all time. Not after 624 passing touchdowns, which is #1 all time.

Not after switching teams late in his career and winning the Super Bowl in year one for a previously struggling franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here are the quarterbacks taken in the 2000 NFL Draft, along with Brady, and their final year in the NFL:

  • Marshall’s Chad Pennington to the Jets (Rd. 1, #18 overall): 2010
  • Hofstra’s Giovanni Carmazzi to the 49ers (Rd. 3, #65): 2001
  • Louisville’s Chris Redman to the Ravens (Rd. 3, #75): 2011
  • Tennessee’s Tee Martin to the Steelers (Rd. 5, #163): 2003
  • Virginia’s Marc Bulger to the Saints (Rd. 6, #168): 2010
  • Southwest Texas State’s Spergon Wynn to the Browns (Rd. 6, #183): 2001
  • Michigan’s Tom Brady to the Patriots (Rd. 6, #199): 2021
  • Stanford’s Todd Husak to the Redskins (Rd. 6, #202): 2000
  • Florida A&M’s Ja’Juan Seider to the Chargers (Rd. 6, #205): 2000
  • Louisiana Tech’s Tim Rattay to the 49ers (Rd. 7, #212): 2007
  • Notre Dame’s Jarious Jackson to the Broncos (Rd. 7, #214): 2003
  • Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton to the Buccaneers (Rd. 7, #234): 2004

That shows you just how long Brady outlasted everyone else in his draft. Pennington was a decent QB who had some injury issues, and Bulger had a couple decent seasons with the Rams, but everyone else was a flop. And Brady kept plugging away – no, excelling – for 22 seasons.

Personally, I remember lying on the floor in my living room watching him shred Alabama in the Orange Bowl and being in awe of what was happening. Brady just had that “It” factor where things always seemed like they would turn out okay, and I don’t think I felt such confidence in a Michigan quarterback since watching Elvis Grbac as a wee lad.

It’s sad to see him step away, but it was fun knowing each and every year that a Michigan man was going to be consistently excellent to watch and root for in the NFL.

20Jan 2022
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Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2021 season.

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

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20Oct 2021
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Donovan Peoples-Jones

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Twitter)

The Cleveland Browns’ Donovan Peoples-Jones had an outstanding game on Sunday, catching 4 passes for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. The two scores were a short catch-and-run and a 57-yard Hail Mary at the end of the first half.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • QB Tom Brady (Buccaneers): Brady completed completed 24/42 passes for 297 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 28-22 win over the Eagles.
  • LB Devin Bush, Jr. (Steelers): Bush made 6 tackles and 1 fumble recovery in a 23-20 win over the Seahawks.
  • WR Nico Collins (Texans): Collins caught 4 passes for 44 yards in a 31-3 loss to Colts.
  • RB Chris Evans (Bengals): Evans caught 3 passes for 49 yards and his first NFL touchdown, while also running the ball 4 times for 18 yards, in a 34-11 win over the Lions.
  • DE Kwity Paye (Colts): Paye made 1 tackle and 1 interception in a 31-3 win over the Texans.
  • S Jabrill Peppers (Giants): Peppers made 9 tackles in a 38-11 loss to the Rams.
  • DT Chris Wormley (Steelers): Wormley made 5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 1 pass breakup in a 23-20 win over the Steelers.
7Oct 2021
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 22/43 passes for 269 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in a 19-17 win over the New England Patriots. Those numbers aren’t that exciting . . . except for the fact that in the win against his old team, he also became the all-time passing yardage leader in NFL history. He has now thrown for 80,560 yards, passing Drew Brees.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • LB Devin Bush, Jr. (Steelers): Bush made 6 tackles and 1 sack in a 27-17 loss to the Packers.
  • DE Mike Danna (Chiefs): Danna made 4 tackles and 2 sacks in a 42-30 win over the Eagles.
  • LB Rashan Gary (Packers): Gary made 6 tackles and 1 sack in a 27-17 win over the Steelers.
  • DT Chris Wormley (Steelers): Wormley made 4 tackles and 1 forced fumble in a 27-17 loss to the Packers.