The purpose of today’s post is to wish Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Mark/Mike Carl.
However, before I talk about the Wolverine of the Day, I want to discuss the terrorist acts that took place on September 11, 2001. That day was one of those days where you remember exactly where you were when you heard the awful news about the tragic events of the day. Please take a moment to reflect on the lives lost, the families affected, and the bravery that was displayed by so many Americans that day. May all the victims continue to rest in peace!
Michael Jeffery Carl was born on this day in 1983. He graduated from Troy Athens High School in 2002. He played quarterback on the football team and also did the punting and placekicking. He was the football captain and MVP in his senior year. Mike was also a state finalist in track and field as a senior.
Mike was listed as a quarterback on the 2002 Michigan Football team, but burned his red-shirt in his freshman year. The coaches decided to switch Carl to safety during spring practice in 2003. Carl worked hard to learn his new position, but did not see any game action in 2003.
Carl did not start any games in 2004, but he did play against Northwestern late in the season. Although he wasn’t playing a lot, Mike was working hard on the field and in the classroom. He earned Michigan’s Award for Athletic Academic Achievement in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Mike Carl didn’t start any games in 2005, but he played often enough and well enough to earn his first varsity letter. The only bad news for Carl was the fact that the Wolverines finished with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses and slipped to a tie for third in the conference.
Carl, and his teammates, came back in 2006 with great determination to improve their record and their conference status. Michigan won eleven straight games in 2006 before losing to Ohio State and Southern California at the end of the season. Mike Carl earned his second varsity letter on a team that finished with a final record of 11 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines ended the Big Ten season with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss which was only good enough for a tie for second place.
So, Mike Carl didn’t play as much as he would have liked at Michigan, but he made the best of his Wolverine career. He finished with two varsity letters, two Big Ten Championship rings and five Athletic Achievement Awards. Today is a good day to wish a very Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Mike Carl. Go Blue!
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