Tony Dungy (left) and Denard Robinson
Dec. 28, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of Michigan football team held its first outdoor practice Thursday (Dec. 27) after moving from Clearwater Beach to the team-designated Outback Bowl destination in Tampa.
Legendary football coach, player, author and TV analyst Tony Dungy kicked off Thursday morning. Dungy addressed the team and delivered a key message to the players, stating "If you want to be successful in football and/or life, you need to be willing to do what others want to do or won't do and that's 'Be Uncommon.'" A Tampa resident, Dungy spoke to the team for about 20 minutes regarding handling their duties as student-athletes, representatives of the Michigan football program and citizens.
After securing the team and positional meetings, the Wolverines worked outside in 65-degree temperatures at Tampa Jesuit High School. This is the school where former U-M kickers Jay Feely and Garrett Rivas played their prep football. The all-time leading scorer in U-M history, Rivas attended practice with his father, Rick, and former teammate Andy Mignery swung by with his son to see Team 133 run through its paces.
The full-padded practice lasted about 120 minutes and focused on honing the game plan for South Carolina. Following the 17-period practice, Allstate Good Hands Award recipient Patrick Omameh led a contingent of 10 upperclassmen to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. The Wolverines paired up with South Carolina players to to visit with patients and their families, including serenading a young girl celebrating her birthday.
Players from Michigan and South Carolina with hospital staff; Wolverines visit a young patient
The team met in the afternoon before having the evening free to explore Tampa.
Head coach Brady Hoke completed a pair of Michigan Athletic Department media commitments later in the day. He taped his "Inside Michigan Football" TV show with Jim Brandstatter at Jackson's Restaurant. The show will air on Fox Sports Detroit on Monday (Dec. 31). Later in the evening, Hoke and Brandstatter teamed up for the live broadcast of the radio show from Champions Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel.
Garrett Rivas with his father, Rick; Brady Hoke and Jim Brandstatter tape "Inside Michigan Football"