The purpose of today’s post is to wish a very Happy Birthday to a Michigan Man named Dave Brandt. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, David James “Dave” Brandt was born on day in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
(Note – Dave Brandt (#67) is shown above with the 2000 Big Ten Co-Champion Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the front row – fifth man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Dave Brandt came to Ann Arbor from Jenison, Michigan. He was listed on the 1996 Michigan roster (#92) as a defensive lineman. After redshirting during his freshman year (1996) Dave Brandt worked hard in the weight room and went from two hundred and sixty-five pounds to two hundred seventy-six pounds in 1997. His hard work earned him a new number (#67) and two starts at right guard on that undefeated team. Dave continued to get stronger and bigger (290 pounds) and was ready to make a larger contribution in 1998. He started thirteen games at three different positions (left guard-3, right guard-2, and center-8). He really found his home at center in 1999 where he started nine games and started twelve more in 2000.
Dave Brandt, and his teammates, played some outstanding football from 1997 to 2000. Michigan’s overall record during this time was 41-8 which worked out to a winning percentage of just under eighty-four percent (.836). The Wolverines were even better in the Big Ten during this period. Michigan posted a record of 27-5 which worked out to a winning rate of just over eighty-four percent (.843). Oh, by the way, they won a national championship (1997) and three conference championships (1997, 1998 (Tie) and 2000 (Tie).
So, Dave Brandt earned four varsity letters and played on some outstanding Michigan football teams. Brandt was a member of the first, and only, Michigan Football team to post a perfect record of 12 wins, 0 losses and 0 ties in 1997. He was also a proud member of Coach Lloyd Carr’s first, and only, National Championship team in 1997 and his first three Big Ten Title teams
Dave Brandt’s story is a tribute to hard work and team play. He did everything that Lloyd Carr and his coaches asked him to and it paid off for him and for Michigan. He grew into a Maize and Blue “people mover” who opened a lot of holes for Michigan running backs and protected Wolverine quarterbacks for four years. Brandt’s hard work and excellent play did not go unrecognized as he was named the co-winner (along with DeWayne Patmon) of the Robert P. Ufer Award at the end of the 2000 season. This award is given to an excellent player who consistently displayed a high level of enthusiasm and love for Michigan Football.
Congratulations to David J. Brandt for his outstanding contributions to the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Dave and Go Blue!
Check out the link below for more information on Dave Brandt and his four-year career in the NFL.
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