ANN ARBOR (1660 THE FAN) -- University of Michigan’s Athletic Director, Dave Brandon, announced this week that the football program will un-retire three jersey’s as part of a “Michigan Football Legend” distinction during the 2012 season.
Former President Gerald Ford’s number 48 is among those being honored this year. Ford was the Wolverine’s center during the 1930’s, earning MVP honors in 1934. Defensive ends Bennie Oosterbaan’s number 47 and Ron Kramer’s number 87 will also return to circulation beginning this fall.
The current players that will wear these numbers are yet to be decided. Their jerseys will have a permanent patch on the upper left chest honoring the legends, and their names will be fixed to the back of the uniform.
In addition to the patch on the jerseys, each legend will be featured in a special area in Schembechler Hall. The players that wear the legends number will have a locker that is customized to reflect the honored bestowed upon the former greats.
Desmond Howard was honored last season in Michigan Stadium’s first ever night game. The response was so positive, it opened the door for the university to recognize more of the great players that have built the tradition of Michigan football.