A story published yesterday (August 27) to the school's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com, reported that head coach Brady Hoke had selected Devin Funchess, Jeremy Gallon, and Courtney Avery for the distinction, each of whom will be the latest to suit up with "Michigan Football Legends" jerseys for the 2013 campaign.
Sophomore tight end Funchess will take to the field wearing No. 87 in honor of U-M great and two-time All-American Ron Kramer, who played for the Maize and Blue in the 1950s and in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. Senior wide receiver Gallon will sport No. 21 as a tribute to Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, who set a school touchdown record with 23 in 1991 and also went on to play in the NFL with the Packers, as well as with the Detroit Lions and three other teams.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior cornerback Avery -- also named one of Michigan's 2013 co-captains -- will pull over his shoulder pads the No. 11, which brothers Francis, Albert, and Alvin Wistert wore as Wolverines. All three Wisterts are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the article, Hoke is quoted as saying, ""The Legend jerseys aren't simply given, but earned. Each of these three young men has done a great job of representing this program, and they understand the significance each of those numbers carries. I think they will do a great job of honoring those legacies."
Watch a video to learn more about the players and the Legends jerseys, and stay current with football action at U-M on Facebook and Twitter. The Wolverines kick off the new season at Michigan Stadium this Saturday, August 31, when they host the Central Michigan Chippewas.