15. Anthony Thomas, RB
“The A-Train” sits atop Michigan’s career
lists in rushing attempts (934), rushing yards (4,472), rushing
touchdowns (55) and career 100-yard rushing games (22).
14. Ron Simpkins, LB
Michigan’s all-time leader in tackles (516), Simpkins
recorded 174 tackles in 1977 and 168 in 1978 — ranking
one-two on Michigan’s list for tackles in a season.
13. Bralon Edwards, WR
Just five games into his senior season, Edwards needs 335 yards
to become the first player in Michigan history to post three
straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Edwards has the most
catches in program history and is on the cusp of breaking many
12. Robert Chappuis, RB
Chappuis returned from service as an aerial gunner in World War
II — during which his plane was shot down over Italy —
to finish second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1947.
11. Dan Dierdorf, OT
A consensus All-American for the Wolverines in 1970, Dierdorf
was a key in Michigan’s shared Big Ten title during Bo
Schembechler’s first year (1968).
10. Ron Johnson, RB
Johnson earned the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football as
the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player and All-America status in
1968. His 347 yards against Wisconsin were an NCAA high at the
9. Adolph (Germany) Schulz, RC
Germany played roving center on defense, plugging holes across
the line in the early 1900s. He was a National Hall of Fame
selection and was named to the 1951 all-time All-American team.
8. The Wistert Brothers, OT
Francis, Albert and Alvin all wore the now-retired No. 11 jersey
and all earned first-team All-America honors. Francis was a member
of the 1932 Big Ten and national championship team. Albert —
nicknamed “the Ox” — played under Fritz Crisler
in the early 1940s. Alvin was the oldest man ever to play at
Michigan (32) as a member of the 1948 Rose Bowl champion team.
7. Rick Leach, QB
A four-year starter at Michigan, Leach placed in the Heisman
Trophy voting three times, finishing third his senior year (1978).
Leach also earned All-Big Ten honors three times.
6. Ron Kramer, End
Kramer — who earned nine letters in football, basketball
and track — was one of the best overall athletes ever to don
the Maize and Blue. On the gridiron, he was a two-time All-American
(1956-57), playing offensive and defensive end, running back,
quarterback, kicker and receiver, often all in the same game.
Michigan retired his No. 87 jersey following his senior year.
5. Anthony Carter, WR
“A.C.” was a three-time All-American and the Big
Ten’s Most Valuable Player in 1982. He leads all Michigan
receivers with 3,076 career yards.
4. Desmond Howard, WR
Winner of the 1991 Heisman Trophy, Howard set the season marks
for most touchdowns (23) and most points (138).
3. Bennie Oosterbaan, End
A three-time All-American (1925-27), Oosterbaan was considered
one of the finest pass-catchers of his era and earned a spot on the
all-time All-American team in 1951.
2. Charles Woodson, CB/WR
Woodson may be the most recognizable Michigan athlete today. The
1997 Heisman Trophy winner proved this during his Monday Night
Football introduction in which he said, “Mr. Woodson. You
know the school.”
1. Tom Harmon, RB
“Old 98” became the first Michigan player to win the
Heisman Trophy in 1940 after he put up unbelievable numbers in his
final game — a 40-0 win over Ohio State. Harmon rushed for
139 yards and two touchdowns, completed 11-of-12 passes for 151
yards and two touchdowns, kicked four extra points, intercepted
three passes (including one for a touchdown) and averaged 50 yards
per punt. After the game, Harmon earned a standing ovation from the
73,000 present … and the contest was played in Columbus.
Harmon’s No. 98 is one of just four retired numbers at