Friday, March 20, 2009

Former Michigan RB Mike Hart: A Then and Now Perspective

by HD Handshoe

As a Buckeyes' fan, people accuse me of being unfairly anti-Michigan and an OSU homer.

There's no such thing as being unfair when it comes to hating the team from the North even if I am a Buckeye homer.

However, I can be fair and objective (usually) when it comes to judging the talent a player possesses, regardless of his team affiliation.

Mike Hart, as much as I hated him (and still do), was easily one of the best running backs to ever wear the maize and blue.

He is the all-time leading rusher in Michigan history, he helped get Michigan to two Rose Bowls, and he was a major factor in leading the Wolverines to the 2008 Capital One Bowl upset of Florida in Lloyd Carr's final game as UM head coach.

It remains to be seen if he will excel in the NFL as he did for four seasons in Ann Arbor after missing the majority of his rookie season to injury.

At least he has excelled in learning some humility as seen recently by his appearance on the Big Ten Network's show, The Big Ten Quad, hosted by former Buckeye and Heisman Trophy winner, Eddie George.

VIDEO SPOILER ALERT: I will openly confess that I take pleasure in hearing him admit that it eats him up inside that he NEVER did beat Ohio State!

It's not because I'm a heartless hater.

No, it has much less to do with that and much much more to do with this:

But, alas he's technically no longer a Wolverine so as forced as this may sound (and I admit, it's kind of forced!) I wish him well in his future endeavors.

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