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A different path for tight end Kwiatkowski

By Ben Estes, Daily Sports Editor
Published November 14, 2012

They’re all seniors, and even though they haven’t been with us our whole careers, all four, five years, we’ve all got a special bond.

“(Being walk-ons) doesn’t take away from anything that they’ve put into this program. It feels like they’ve been a part of it the whole time since I’ve been here.”

And yet it can’t be denied that Kwiatkowski’s journey to this Saturday’s senior day was a very different one from the rest of the seniors.

“When I first got here, I never expected this day to come,” Kwiatkowski said. “The first game I dressed for was Michigan State, and I was just happy to be out there. I had no foresight of thinking three years in the future, I’d end up walking out there as a senior for the last time. I didn’t even know if I’d make it three years.”

A pre-pharmacy major, Kwiatkowski said he wanted to go into medicine so that he could help people. He’s already helped the Michigan football team more than anyone imagined he would.