Along with the famous Winged Helmet, Maize and Blue are some of the most recognizable icons in college history. Since the turn-of-the-century, Michigan athletes have worn Maize and Blue on the playing field.
The selection of school colors for Michigan has an interesting background. The first recorded association of any color with the University appears in 1859, when a ribbon of deep blue was attached to the diploma of an Elisha Jones. It was not until 1867 that a group of students formally met and adopted azure blue and maize as its official school colors. However, no one actually specified the exact colors until 1912, when school officials chose fabric ribbons depicting the actual shades.
The athletic department adopted its own shades of deep blue and bright yellow (gold) and Michigan athletic teams have been wearing the Maize and Blue for more than 100 years.