Michigan Wolverines fans will never forget the future Pro Football Hall of Famer who won the Heisman Trophy by intercepting passes, catching passes and returning punts.
Or the walk-on quarterback who became the MVP of the Rose Bowl.
Or the College Football Hall of Fame coach who so many thought wasn’t the man for the job, considered part of an antiquated machinery passed on from Bo and Mo.
Believe it or not, it’s time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the incredible 1997 season when the Wolverines went undefeated, won a thrilling Rose Bowl and captured the national championship, the school’s 11th and first in nearly a half-century.
To commemorate the anniversary — for one of the most-beloved championship teams in Michigan history — the Free Press has crafted a new hardcover book, “Hail, Yes! 25 Years Later: Relive the 1997 Michigan Wolverines’ Run to the Rose Bowl and the National Championship.”
Besides Charles Woodson, Brian Griese and Lloyd Carr, fans will always remember the fourth-down stop against Notre Dame, the comeback from 14 points down against Iowa, Woodson’s one-handed interception against Michigan State, the route at Penn State that ended the country’s longest winning streak, Woodson’s epic punt return against Ohio State and the heart-pumping finale against Washington State and Ryan Leaf in Pasadena.
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“Hail, Yes! 25 Years Later” features 208 glossy, full-color pages and behind-the-scenes stories from the Free Press’ award-winning writers who covered the 1997 team, such as Mitch Albom, Keith Gave and Charlie Vincent. The book also takes a fresh look at your favorite memories and all 11 Michigan national championships.
This collectors’ book is a must-have for all Wolverines fans.
“Hail, Yes! 25 Years Later” costs $45, but you can get it for $33.75 by preordering through Sept. 14 at UM.PictorialBook.com. The book will ship Oct. 21.
It’s never too early to order “Hail, Yes!” as a holiday gift (at a discount!) for the Wolverines nuts in your life.
Gene Myers retired from the Free Press in late 2015 after 22½ years as sports editor. He is the editor for “Hail, Yes! 25 Years Later,” as he has been for countless Free Press books over the decades, including “Maize & Glory! The Epic Story of Michigan’s 2021 Return to the Top of the Big Ten,” “Stanleytown 25 Years Later: The Inside Story on How the Stanley Cup Returned to the Motor City after 41 Frustrating Seasons,” “The Joe: Memories from the Heart of Hockeytown,” “Gordie: The Legend of Mr. Hockey,” “Mr. Tiger: The Legend of Al Kaline, Detroit’s Own,” “Mr. March: One Coach, 25 Years of Spartans Glory,” and “Mick McCabe’s Golden Yearbook: 50 Great Years of Michigan’s Best High School Players, Teams & Memories.”