Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Andre Weathers. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Andre Le’Melle Weathers was born on this day in Flint, Michigan. He attended Flint Central High School where he became an outstanding athlete in three sports (football, basketball and track). Weathers was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school. He decided to accept a scholarship offer from Gary Moeller’s Michigan Wolverines.
Andre Weathers arrived in Ann Arbor in 1994, but he burned his red-shirt. Instead, he focused on learning Gary Moeller’s offense and getting acclimated to the life of a Big Ten student-athlete. Of course, Andre had a new coach named Lloyd Carr in 1995. Weathers played defensive back and on special teams in seven games in 1995. He earned his first letter by recording 15 tackles (11 solo and 4 assists).
Weathers came back in 1996 hoping to play a bigger role for the Wolverines. However, the season didn’t quite work out the way he planned. He played in 11 of 12 games but it was mostly on special teams. Andre finished the season with 5 tackles (4 solo and 1 assist) and earned his second varsity letter. Michigan finished season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The Wolverines posted a final mark of 5 wins and 3 losses in the conference which was only good enough for a fifth-place tie. It was a disappointing end to a season that began with high expectations.
Andre, and his teammates, came back to improve their record in 1997. The good news was that the Wolverines were better, a lot better in 1997. In fact, they were perfect! Yes, Michigan finished a magical season with a stellar record of 12 wins and no losses or ties. The Maize and Blue footballers ended the season as Big Ten Conference champions, Rose Bowl Champions and National Champions! It doesn’t get any better than that!
Weathers started 10 games and posted 47 tackles (33 solo and 11 assists). He earned his third varsity letter and earned first team All-Big Ten honors for his stellar play in Michigan’s defensive backfield. His biggest play of the year was a 43-yard pick six that provided the winning points in a 20-14 win over Ohio State!
Andre Weathers returned for his final year in 1998. He was fully prepared to defend Michigan’s Big Ten Championship and that’s what happened! The Wolverines weren’t perfect in 1998, but they were very good. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. They went 7-1-0 in the big Ten and earned a share of a second straight championship. Once again, Andre recorded 42 more tackles (36 solo and 6 assists) and earned his fourth varsity letter.
So, today is a good day to appreciate Andre Weathers. He was a very good player on some outstanding Michigan Football teams. Andre finished his career with four letters, two Big Ten Championships, a Rose Bowl victory, and the 1997 National Championship! Yes, Andre left Ann Arbor with his head held high and enough good memories to last a lifetime. Andre went on to play two years in the NFL with the New York Giants before he retired from football. I hope that Andre Weathers has a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
What are the chances that Michigan wins the Big Ten Championship if they have an All-American end?
Heading into the 2018 season, the Michigan Wolverines have won 42 Big Ten Championships – more than any other conference team. It takes a lot of good players to win a conference championship, but a few great players really help.
I did some research about Michigan’s championship teams to see how many great players helped win those titles. I was definitely surprised to learn that Michigan has had 14 All-American ends (includes tight ends, flankers, and wide receivers) who played on 14 Big Ten Champion teams. I was surprised to lern tht this is the same number of All-American offensive tackles that have played on a Big Ten Championship team. More on that tomorrow.
I crunched the numbers and learned that when Michigan has an All-American end/receiver on the field there is a 33% chance that they will also win a championship. Personally, I like those odds and hope that one of our receivers steps up this year and plays on a title team!
Now, for a little closure. Michigan’s first end to play on a Wolverine championship team was a guy named Bennie Oosterbaan way, way back in 1925. Braylon Edwards played on Michigan’s last championship team in 2004. Of course, the last Wolverine end (tight end) to earn All-American honors was Jake Butt. Jake was on a mission to win a Big Ten Championship during his career. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen on his watch.
What are the chances that Michigan wins the Big Ten Championship if they have an All-American offensive tackle?