- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
One of the biggest hits in Michigan history -- it graced the cover of Sports Illustrated that week -- is Marcus Ray's bone-crushing pop on Ohio State's David Boston in 1997. Ray was an instrumental piece to Michigan's defense during his time on campus, and he credits a lot of that to Greg Mattison and Brady Hoke.
"My mom still asks about Brady Hoke," he said. "He asks about her all the time, too. I don't know if he could even pick her out of a lineup, but the fact he still asks about her and her about him says a lot."
Ray said he could always tell Hoke genuinely cared about people, and his love for Michigan was something that stood out.