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Heininger reflects on U-M career

Exit interview: Best moment came in what turned out to be defensive tackle's last game

Updated: January 23, 2012, 12:46 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation
"Exit Interview" is a feature at WolverineNation where we chat with departing seniors from the Michigan football and men's basketball programs about their time in Ann Arbor in a Q&A format.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Will Heininger was a rarity -- a local guy who decided to stay home, a big man whose preferred sport in high school was baseball, not football, and yet he decided to become a walk-on for Michigan anyway.

It worked out well. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive end started the first 12 games of his senior season before he tore the lisfranc ligament in his right foot, ending his season and career. He had surgery on the foot on Jan. 10.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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