Michigan Wolverines: Tom Brady

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With actor Mark Wahlberg and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski visiting Ann Arbor earlier this fall camp and Patriots quarterback and Michigan graduate Tom Brady coming in on Thursday, the Michigan football team definitely has had quite the star-studded cast of visitors for this year’s preseason workouts.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesTom Brady reminded this year's Michigan team how important the school is to people like him.
“Some of the people that have come in an addressed the team and been with the team, I think they all have had a message,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “It’s nice when people want to come see this great university and this program and obviously when you have a guy like Tommy, who played in this program, it’s significant.”

Brady’s message to the team on Thursday was largely about appreciating the program and opportunities, as apparent by the video on the school’s website.

“Where did I learn to love the game?” Brady said. “Where did I learn to practice? Where did I learn to compete? It was sitting in the same chairs you guys are sitting in today.”

The eight-time pro-bowler, who has been named Super Bowl MVP twice, as well the NFL MVP twice, also told the team that “the single greatest achievement I’ve ever had as a football player” was being named the Michigan football captain during his redshirt junior and senior seasons.

Brady’s appearance at practice Thursday morning was a complete surprise to the team, but Hoke was honored that Brady made time for it considering he’s in town for the Patriots’ preseason game against the Lions.

“It worked out pretty well with playing Detroit,” Hoke said. “You’ve got to give him a lot of credit, because the third preseason game for a lot of people is a game where a lot of your guys’ starters play significant downs. And for him to work that out and get here early in the morning, it was really something that was special.”

Hoke said he had seen Brady at a social event in Boston, and the two had talked then about possibly having Brady speak with the team at some point. But no doubt the timing of Brady’s speech to the team -- just nine days before the season opener -- provided plenty of encouragement for the Wolverines.

“It just proves, number one, what a class act he is, and secondly, how much he loves this university and this program,” Hoke said. “It was a great morning in a lot of ways.”

Brady gives Michigan players a pep talk

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We’re used to seeing Tom Brady's fire, but it’s always in the context of a football game. Off the field when addressing reporters, Brady rarely shows any emotion.

That’s why this clip of Brady addressing the University of Michigan football team stands out so much. Visiting his alma mater in Ann Arbor on Thursday morning before a Patriots preseason game later in Detroit, Brady delivered a passionate pep talk that must have given the Wolverines goosebumps and want to run through walls for each other.

Brady at one point says his greatest honor as a football player was being named captain in his fourth and fifth years at Michigan. Keep in mind that Brady owns three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and two NFL MVPs.

Here is an excerpt from Brady’s comments to an attentive Michigan football team:

“I didn’t have an easy experience [at Michigan], I didn’t come in as a top-rated recruit. I didn’t come in with the opportunity to play right away, I had to earn it.

“And do you know what the greatest honor I’ve ever received as a player is? In my fourth year and my fifth year I was named team captain. That to this day is the single greatest achievement I’ve ever had as a football player. Because the men in this room chose me to lead their team.

“And these were my best friends. These were the guys that knew that I liked to work, that knew that I love football, that knew that I love to play, that knew that I wanted to be the quarterback for Michigan. And all the lessons that I learned here on State Street and in the Big House, that’s still what I bring to practice today. And after 14 years I love the game more than I’ve ever loved it.

“But where did I learn the love for the game? Where did I learn to practice? Where did it learn to compete? It was sitting in the same chairs that you guys are sitting in today.”

You can watch the entire clip HERE. Brady’s comments start at the 2-minute mark.

Big Ten lunchtime links

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On this day in 1851, the United States won its first ever America’s Cup. And for winning it all, you get a silver trophy. Oh, yachting.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Last winter quarterback Devin Gardner tweeted an image of a reaching, one-handed catch by then-freshman wide receiver Amara Darboh. Though Darboh had never caught a pass during the season, his reputation spiked and fans wondered if he could be a Roy Roundtree-like receiver for Gardner.

But Darboh isn’t the only receiver in his class who should be receiving hype. Jehu Chesson redshirted last year, but his physical ability, coupled with the fact he did in fact redshirt, have made him a player to watch this year.

“Jehu has learned the game of football a lot more now,” wide receiver coach Jeff Hecklinski said. “I think he’s settled down. I think he’s nice and relaxed now. He’s a great kid, you can’t ask for a better kid. … He’s understanding more what it takes to play and all the little details that it takes to play.”

Fresh ideas: Quarterback 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Can a true freshman really contribute at the college level? Is it easier at one position than another? Over the next two months WolverineNation will be breaking down the probabilities of playing time and projections of the Wolverines’ freshmen, position-by-position.

What it takes for a true freshman QB to play: Even if a true freshman quarterback enrolls early and is physically and mentally ready for the speed of the game at the college level, several other chips need to fall into place in order to get that player on the field. First, the freshman needs to beat out the players in front of him, or the players in front of him need to struggle/get injured. Second, the coach has to have a heck of a lot of trust in that player. Stepping on the field in front of 110,000 screaming fans requires a large amount of confidence, not only from the quarterback himself, but also his coach.


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Michigan in the NFL: Week 5

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Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 5 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made 1 of 2 field goals in a 17-3 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted) and a pass defended in a 17-13 loss to Miami. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Idle. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted) and two passes defended in a 30-27 loss to Indianapolis. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Did not make a tackle in a 23-17 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Green Bay, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 41-3 loss to Chicago. Next up -- OFF
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Did not catch a pass in a 9-6 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Tampa Bay, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 17-13 win over Cincinnati. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown along with four rushes for minus-2 yards in a 31-21 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Seattle, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted three times with a 43 yard average and one inside the 20-yard line in a 31-21 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Seattle, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 41-27 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had three tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted), a pass defended and an interception in a 41-27 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assisted) and a pass defended in a 23-17 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Indianapolis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had three receptions for 34 yards in a 16-14 loss to Pittsburgh. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had one assisted tackle in a 16-14 loss to Pittsburgh. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had eight tackles (5 solo, 3 assisted) and recovered two fumbles in a 16-14 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had no tackles in a 16-14 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Denver, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Denver, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 45-3 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown in a 45-3 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted) in a 16-12 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had one catch for 10 yards in a 16-12 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and a sack in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.

Michigan in the NFL: Week 4

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Jay FeelyJennifer Stewart/US PresswireJay Feely's field goal in overtime on Sunday pushed the Cardinals to a surprising 4-0.
Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 4 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made a field goal all three extra points in a 24-21 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Thursday, 8:20 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Was inactive due to injury against Jacksonville. Next up -- vs. Miami, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle in a 20-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- Idle
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted) in a 28-27 win over New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Indianapolis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Made one assisted tackle in a 38-14 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 27-10 loss to Cincinnati. Next up -- vs. Chicago, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had one catch for 12 yards in a 37-20 loss to San Diego. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 24-21 loss to Miami. Next up -- vs. Cincinnati, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 22 of 36 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns along with one rush for four yards and a touchdown in a 52-28 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. Denver, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted three times with a 39.7 yard average and three inside the 20-yard line. Next up -- vs. Denver, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 19-17 loss to Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted) in a 19-17 loss to Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted) in a 34-0 loss to San Francisco. Next up -- vs. Houston, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had two receptions for 30 yards in a 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Did not have a tackle in a 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: OFF. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: OFF. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 37-20 win over Kansas City. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 37-20 win over Kansas City. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 34-0 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had three catches for 47 yards and one rush for 28 yards in a 34-0 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had one tackle and one pass broken up in a 19-13 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Carolina, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had no catches in a 19-13 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Carolina, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 38-14 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had one assisted tackle in a 38-14 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 4:25 p.m.

Michigan in the NFL: Week 3

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Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 3 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made both his field goals and all three extra points in a 27-6 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Miami, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Was inactive due to injury against Washington. Next up -- vs. Jacksonville, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle in a 44-41 loss to Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made three tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted) in a 14-12 loss to Seattle. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Made one tackle in a 31-25 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 22-17 win over Indianapolis. Next up -- vs. Cincinnati, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had one catch for two yards in a 27-24 win over New Orleans. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 23-20 loss to the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 31-30 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted four times with a 38.3 yard average and two inside the 20-yard line. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 36-7 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had an interception in a 36-7 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had nine tackles (8 solo, 1 assisted) in a 23-20 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had three receptions for 38 yards in a 27-6 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had four tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted) and a half-sack in a 27-6 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assisted) in a 34-31 loss to Oakland. Next up -- OFF
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had four tackles, all solo, and a sack in a 34-31 loss to Oakland. Next up -- OFF
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 27-3 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Kansas City, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 27-3 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Kansas City, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 24-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had five catches for 56 yards in a 24-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had no tackles in a 14-12 win over Green Bay. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had no catches in a 14-12 win over Green Bay. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 44-41 win over Detroit. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) in a 44-41 win over Detroit. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.

Michigan did what it was supposed to do Saturday against UMass, flattening the first-year FBS program 63-13 with another big performance from its quarterback.

The Wolverines were able to build some defensive confidence, play a lot of their younger players and establish some sort of running game before next week's matchup against Notre Dame.

It was over when: Denard Robinson cut across the field on a scramble and ran 36 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The touchdown run gave the Wolverines a 35-10 lead and also gave Michigan complete control after Robinson threw an interception that resulted in a UMass touchdown earlier in the quarter. From there, Michigan routed.

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Michigan in the NFL: Week 1

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Here's a look at how former Michigan players fared during Week 1 of the NFL season:
  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made both his field goals and extra points in a 20-16 win over Seattle. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Had four tackles (all solo) and two pass deflections in a 44-13 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle and blocked for 429 yards of offense in a 27-23 win over St. Louis. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted), two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks in a 30-22 loss to San Francisco. Next up -- vs. Chicago, Thursday 8:30 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Had one tackle and one sack in a 30-10 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. Jacksonville, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in 26-23 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had two catches for 30 yards in a 40-24 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City: DNP (Practice squad) against Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle and blocked for 275 yards of offense in a 30-10 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Oakland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 23 of 31 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions along with two rushes for one yard in a 34-13 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted four times with a 33.5 yard net average, including a long of 51 yards and three inside the 20 in a 34-13 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: started and helped block for 269 yards of offense in a 24-17 loss to Dallas. Next up -- Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: had two tackles in a 24-17 loss to Dallas. Next up -- Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had seven tackles (4 solo, 3 assisted) and three assisted tackles in a 48-28 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had four catches for 27 yards in a 17-16 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had one tackle in a 17-16 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted), a sack and a pass defended in a 31-19 loss to Denver. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had three tackles (1 solo, 2 assisted) in a 31-19 loss to Denver. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: He played, but did not start, in a 22-14 win over Oakland. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Listed as inactive against Oakland. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center and blocked for 377 yards of offense in a 30-22 win over the Packers. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had four catches for 29 yards in a 30-22 win over the Packers. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had three tackles (1 solo, 2 assisted) in a 20-16 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. Dallas, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had five catches for 43 yards in a 20-16 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. Dallas, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard and blocked for 292 yards of offense in a 34-13 loss to New England. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had one solo tackle and two assisted tackles in a 34-13 loss to New England. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith grew up in Michigan and is an unabashed fan of teams from the state, including Michigan and the Red Wings. He even brought Niklas Lidstrom on stage at a recent concert.

He also made news recently for singing part of "The Victors" at the end of a Chili Peppers concert in Columbus, Ohio. We caught up with Smith on Tuesday, when he explained how he became a Michigan fan, some of his favorite moments watching the Wolverines and what Chili Peppers song he'd like to hear played in Michigan Stadium.

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WolverineNation roundtable 

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With the offseason in full swing, our stable of writers took on some interesting questions this week, including who is the best current coach on campus, who impressed them at the various recruiting events they attended and what quarterback they'd take to lead a Michigan all-time team.

And for the first time, our panel disagreed on almost every topic. What do you think, WolverineNation?

Mike Gittleson
AP Photo/Susan SternerBrian Griese helped lead Michigan to a national title.
1) If you were putting together an all-time Michigan team and had to pick one quarterback to lead it, who would it be and why?

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How Michigan players fared in the NFL 

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Michigan had four Super Bowl winners -- players Mario Manningham and David Baas along with coaches Jim Hermann and Jerald Ingram -- but many more former Wolverines were trying to reach the pinnacle of football.

In all, 29 former Michigan players finished the season on NFL rosters this season -- which is why Braylon Edwards won't appear on the list below. While not as many had the success of the four Wolverines on the Giants, here’s a rundown of how every former Michigan player fared in the league this season.

In alphabetical order (by first name) *stats are regular season only:

  • Adrian Arrington, WR, New Orleans Saints: Arrington played in four games this season, making two catches for 31 yards.
  • Alan Branch, DL, Seattle Seahawks: Branch started 15 games in his first season with the Seahawks after four seasons in Arizona. He had 34 tackles and three sacks.

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The NFL released its Pro Bowl rosters Tuesday night and three former Michigan players will be represented.

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady was named the starting quarterback for the AFC. Tackle Jake Long will also represent the AFC and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson was named a starting cornerback for the NFC.

It is possible, though, that none of the three end up playing in the game. The Pro Bowl is held the weekend before the Super Bowl on Jan. 29 in Honolulu. If the Patriots or Packers make the Super Bowl, they won't play in the Pro Bowl.

Also, Long suffered a right bicep injury last weekend in a loss to the Patriots so he might not be available for the game.

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