MIAMI, Fla. -- Former University of Michigan football star Steve Hutchinson (1997-2000) has been named to the FedEx Orange Bowl All-Time Team announced by the Orange Bowl committee as a part of its 75th anniversary celebration. Hutchinson, currently an All-Pro offensive guard for the Minnesota Vikings, was selected to the team through online fan voting at miamiherald.com. He and Penn State punter Jeremy Kapinos (2006) were the only Big Ten Conference players elected to the team.
Hutchinson played an instrumental role in the Wolverines' 35-34 overtime victory against Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl, paving the way for a three-yard touchdown run by Anthony Thomas and protecting Tom Brady during a four-touchdown passing effort. Brady completed 34-of-46 passes for a career-best and current Orange Bowl record 369 yards and four TDs. Michigan erased a pair of 14-point deficits to the Crimson Tide before claiming the victory in the first extra-session game played in school history.
A two-time captain, Hutchinson is one of the most decorated players in Michigan history. He is one of only two Wolverines to garner All-Big Ten Conference first team honors all four years of his career. Hutchinson earned All-America honors twice (1999-2000) and was a finalist for the 2000 Rotary Lombardi Award. He was a freshman starter on U-M's 1997 national championship team and was a member of three conference championship squads (1997, 1998, 2000). The Wolverines compiled a 41-8 record during his playing career and went 27-5 in Big Ten action.
A first-round NFL draft pick, Hutchinson has been selected to the Pro Bowl six straight seasons (2003-08) and has earned All-Pro honors five times (2003-07).
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