Michigan is one of the most storied college football programs in the country. They have more wins than any other team and one of the most recognizable uniforms. So many great players have played at the Big House and many have done very well at the professional level. Here is my list of the 7 best NFL players who came from Michigan.
1. Tom Brady
He is number one by far. Simply, he is arguably the best player ever to play the quarterback position. He has won the Super Bowl four times and was named the Super Bowl MVP 3 times. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 6th round and after an injury to Drew Bledsoe he led the Patiots to the first of four Super Bowl wins. He stays at the number one spot. He played one of the best games in school history when he squared off against Alabama during bowl season.
2. Charles Woodson
Woodson was the first ever defensive player to win the Heisman, beating out Peyton Manning. Woodson was an incredible talent for Michigan, playing on both sides of the ball. He helped lead Michigan to a 12-0 record, a Rose Bowl victory, and a share of the National Championship.
3. Steve Hutchinson
Hutchinson was a first round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks. He was a dominating offensive lineman for the Wolverines and in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl an impressive seven times in eleven years in the NFL. In college, he received the award for the top lineman, the Jim Parker award. I rank him at number 3.
4. Ty Law
Ty Law was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round. I have him ranked as the number four Wolverine player to play in the NFL. He was teamed up with his college quarterback Tom Brady and went on to help the Patriots win 3 Super Bowls in four years. In his 15 year NFL career, Law recorded 53 interceptions. Outstanding player for Michigan and the NFL.
5. Dan Dierdorf
One of the more dominant lineman in Michigan and NFL history. Dan Dierdorf played 13 season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only is he a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, he is also inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame. He was a part of the Michigan team that upset number one Ohio State. I will keep him at number five.
6. Tom Mack
My number six player on this list is Tom Mack. Tom Mack played 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the 1964 Big Ten and Rose Bowl squads. He was elected to the Pro Bowl eleven times.
7. Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch
Hirsch got his nickname while he was playing for the Wisconsin Badgers. It seemed like his legs were going in all different directions. He went on to Michigan in 1943 and led his team to an 8-1 season and a share of the Big Ten title with Purdue University.
Are there any future stars on this year’s team? I think so. That’s why I’m so high on the team in my season predictions I released. I think they win most of their games and make a really nice bowl this season.