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Michigan Football Traditions
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Wolverine Football Excellence
• More all-time wins than any other Division I-A school (895)
• Leads the Big Ten with 42 league championships
• 124 All-America first team award winners
• Named national champion 11 times, including 1997
• National attendance leader 36 of the last 37 seasons
• 238 consecutive Michigan Stadium home games with crowds in excess of 100,000
• First college-owned football stadium to seat more than 100,000
• Michigan is the most televised program in NCAA history with 432 TV appearances
• The Wolverines have been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll in 38 of the last 44 seasons

Top Five BCS Schools by Winning Percentage
Through 2010-11 Season

Place School Wins
1. Michigan .735 (895-310-36)
2. Notre Dame .731 (853-300-42)
3. Oklahoma .718 (821-307-53)
4. Texas .716 (858-330-33)
5. Ohio State .714 (825-315-53)

Top Five BCS Schools by Wins
Through 2010-11 Season

Place School Wins
1. Michigan 895
2. Texas 858
3. Notre Dame 853
4. Nebraska 846
5. Ohio State 825

Go Blue Banner
One of the most recognizable and exciting game day entrances in college football, the GO BLUE banner has been a staple at Michigan football games since 1962. This tradition has been performed by the Wolverines for nearly 50 years prior to the kickoff of every game at the Big House. After exiting the locker room, the team comes down the tunnel in unison. From that small hole at midfield, all the players can view is the large 30 by five foot banner that extends across midfield. On the directive, the players and staff run toward the banner that reads:

GO BLUE
M CLUB SUPPORTS YOU

How did this tradition come about? Though the Graduate "M" Club made the permanent banner, it was the Undergraduate Club that started the tradition with a simple yellow block "M" on a six-foot wide strip of fabric. On the Friday practice before the 1962 team's homecoming game against Illinois, the "M" Club assembled all the non-football letterwinners to form two lines as the players ran off the field toward the locker rooms in Yost Field House. The club was given permission by then coach Bump Elliott to form the flag tunnel before the game the next day, and the rest is history.

The banner has proved not only desirable to the Wolverines, but also to opposing teams. On two occasions the banner has been stolen, however, no one has been able to take away the fighting spirit of the club or the Wolverines.

Those Who Stay Will Be Champions
This championship statement coined by legendary coach Bo Schembechler has been the rallying cry of Michigan football since 1969. When many players left the program prior to the start of the 1969 season Schembechler stated the famous phrase 'Those Who Stay Will Be Champions.' The statement was realized and fulfilled as the Wolverines upset No. 1 Ohio State by a 24-12 score to capture the Big Ten Championship. The signature victory ended a 22-game unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes and became the hallmark phrase for the Schembechler era and now Michigan football.

Champions of the West
It was 131 years ago that the Wolverines first took to the football field in Chicago to play Racine (May 30, 1879), coming away with a 1-0 win. That victory began the tradition of success that has led University of Michigan football to be the most decorated program in collegiate football history.

The rich Michigan football tradition includes 877 victories and a .737 all-time winning percentage, 124 players named to All-America first team honors, three Heisman Trophy winners, 392 All-Big Ten Conference first-team citations and 39 postseason bowl game appearances.

Since 1896, Michigan has won more Big Ten Conference football titles (42) than any other conference school. And the Wolverines' 406 television appearances are the most in NCAA history.

From Fielding Yost's "Point-A-Minute" teams to the 1997 National champion team to this year's 2010 squad, Michigan's continual success on the collegiate gridiron has given the Wolverines the undisputed right to be called "Champions of the West."


"The Victors"
Michigan's famous fight song, The Victors, was written in November of 1898. Louis Elbel, a music student at the University, wrote the words and the music in celebration of a last minute 12-11 Michigan victory over rival Chicago, giving U-M its first Western Conference football championship. The Victors was first played in public by John Philip Sousa's band in May of 1899 in Ann Arbor. Sousa later called it the "best college march ever written."

Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
   the leaders and best
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
   the champions of the West.

Academic Excellence
The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the nation's top academic institutions, achieving a balance of excellence in both academics and athletics. Twenty-four Wolverine football players have been named to Academic All-America teams since the award's inception. Numerous Michigan players are among Academic All-Big Ten Conference, University academic departmental and coaching association academic honorees. Two former players -- Chris Hutchinson and Marc Milia -- were NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners, while 1997 quarterback Brian Griese was an NCAA Top Eight Award recipient.

Retired Numbers
Five jersey numbers have been retired to honor seven players as three Wolverines -- the Wistert brothers -- each wore number 11. Six of the players are linemen and all were two-way players.

U-M's Retired Numbers

The Winged Helmet
College football's most well-known helmet dates back to 1938 when Fritz Crisler arrived from Princeton University with a penchant for detail and style.

"Michigan had a plain black helmet and we wanted to dress it up a little," Fritz recalled. "We added some color (maize and blue) and used the same basic helmet I had designed at Princeton."

There was also strategic reasoning involved in the winged helmet. Fritz thought this unique design would be helpful to his passers when they tried to spot their receivers down field.

"There was a tendency to use different-colored helmets just for receivers in those days, but I always thought that would be as helpful for the defense as for the offense," offered the former Wolverine football coach and athletic director.

Indeed, Crisler was right on target in his assumptions. From the 1937 to 1938 seasons, Michigan nearly doubled its passing yards, cut its interceptions almost in half, and improved its completion percentage.

Rivalry Games
NCAA Division I-A football teams annually compete in over 65 regular-season trophy games, and each of those games owes its beginning to the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, some misgivings about water and a 30-cent jug. Dating back to 1909, the battle for the Little Brown Jug is the oldest trophy game in NCAA Division I-A. Sixteen years passed before the next trophy game was created. In 1925, the Illibuck (Illinois-Ohio State), the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana-Purdue) and the Beer Barrel (Kentucky-Tennessee) trophies were first played for, the last of which was created, "to rival Michigan's Brown Jug."

Michigan-Michigan State: Paul Bunyan -- Governor of Michigan Trophy
Michigan-Minnesota: The Little Brown Jug Series
Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry Online Library Exhibit



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Or more exactly 01, which is what Michigan Stadium's capacity has ended in since the facility was expanded to seat 101,001 in 1956. The "1" in the capacity is an extra seat in honor of Fritz Crisler, the director of athletics at the time.

#1
The most coveted jersey number in Michigan football lore, the #1 has been worn by a total of 12 players during the 130-year history of the program. Three-time All-American Anthony Carter made the number popular when he wore the jersey during his player career (1979-82), and the #1 sweater has been given to a wide receiver five times since Carter adorned the number.

Anthony Carter

Anthony Carter

Player Position Years Worn
Angus G. Goetz LT 1919-20
Robert Jerome Dunne G 1921
Paul G. Goebel E 1922
Harry Kipke HB 1923
Dave Whiteford DB 1973-75
Gregg Willner PK/P 1976-78
Anthony Carter WR 1979-82
Greg McMurtry WR 1986-89
Derrick Alexander WR 1990-93
Tyrone Butterfield WR 1994-96
David Terrell WR 1998-2000
Braylon Edwards WR 2003-04


 


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