When a rivalry and rankings collide: The top Michigan-Michigan State matchups of all time
Looking for the last time Michigan and Michigan State met as Associated Press top 10 opponents? The answer: 1964, when Michigan topped Michigan State en route to a Rose Bowl appearance. 8 Michigan State hosts No. The win helped Michigan State win the Big Ten title and go on to the College Football Playoff. 15 Michigan State 6These two programs were on different tracks in the 1970′s: Michigan won 10 or more games seven times, while Michigan State had just five winning seasons.mlive.com
Charles Woodson, Steve Hutchinson’s Hall of Fame inductions ‘a thrill’ for Michigan’s Lloyd Carr
Before the Michigan football team’s 1997 season, then-head coach Lloyd Carr sat down with Charles Woodson and asked what his star cornerback’s goals were for the year. But the answer Woodson gave Carr before the national championship season in 1997 was exactly what the longtime Michigan coach wanted to hear. “He had the experience and was such a great competitor,” Carr told MLive Monday at the “Coach Carr Classic” golf fundraiser for the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. He too was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday after a 12-year career, making for a special night for Carr. They were special guys.mlive.com
Hall of Fame class has something for everybody
From bone-rattling tacklers Troy Polamalu, Steve Atwater and Cliff Harris to hard-charging runner Edgerrin James to the pass-catching brilliance of Isaac Bruce and Harold Carmichael, the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020 has something for everyone.
Manning and Lynch join together for a 3rd career highlight
Manning was selected Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)NFL greats elsewhere, Peyton Manning and John Lynch shared a second career in Denver. Close friends Manning and Lynch, who joke about drinking Mai Tai cocktails together at Pro Bowls in Hawaii and then charging them to hotel rooms of other players, are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021. This is the ultimate that one player could ever achieve after their playing days are over.”Like Pearson, Flores and Lynch, Faneca had a lengthy wait. During the pandemic, Baker instead traveled to the houses of the four modern-day players and Flores, and he surprised Manning at the Broncos' stadium.
Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Hall
Charles Woodson beat out Peyton Manning for a prestigious college award. On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, they likely will share an even more impressive football honor: entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not three years later, Manning threw 55 touchdown passes — that record still stands as the most in a season — and started in the Super Bowl for the Broncos. But he guided the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50 — then left the field forever. He finished his career with 65 interceptions and 13 defensive touchdowns, tied for the career record with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper.
Charles Woodson elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
Charles Woodson, one of the greatest defensive players ever to suit up for Michigan, is a hall of famer. The 9-time Pro Bowler and former Heisman Trophy winner was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, as part of the 2021 class. Woodson, 44, remains the last defensive player to win the award, given out annually to the nation’s best collegiate football player. Michigan named him to its “Hall of Honor” in 2017, a nod to his list of achievements while playing for the Wolverines. Woodson was also inducted into the state of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.mlive.com
The Latest: Peyton Manning gets Hall call
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson are first-year eligible players to make the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fames class of 2021. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)TAMPA, Fla. – The Latest on the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced Saturday during the NFL Honors TV show (All times EST):___10:49 p.m.Peyton Manning is heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an all-but-preordained honor for a quarterback who helped redefine offense in the 21st century. Manning spent his first 14 years in Indianapolis, where he won his first Super Bowl. ___10:08 p.m.Alan Faneca, the sturdy guard who spent years opening holes open for Jerome Bettis and protecting Ben Roethlisberger, is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ___9:33 p.m.Calvin Johnson, the receiver better known as “Megatron,” has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson top Hall of Fame candidates
More than two decades ago Charles Woodson beat out Peyton Manning for a prestigious college award. On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, they likely will share an even more impressive football honor: entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)More than two decades ago, Charles Woodson beat out Peyton Manning for a prestigious college award. On Saturday, they likely will share an even more impressive football honor: entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When everybody is seeing it through the same eyes, it is a great way to play a football game.
No surprise: Peyton Manning a Hall of Fame finalist
Peyton Manning, no surprise, is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021. The star quarterback, owner of a record five NFL Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl titles, was the first finalist revealed by the hall on Tuesday night. Joining Manning as a finalist was one of the players he threw to, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, a finalist for the second time. “To me it is not lost to be in this moment, to be a Hall of Fame finalist in the first year; it takes a lot to get to this point. Voting on the entrants to the hall will be conducted later this month, with the inductees announced during Super Bowl week.
Matchup of division leaders: Seahawks vs Giants. The Giants?
(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)In this strangest of NFL seasons in this weirdest of years, here's a matchup of division leaders you wouldn't expect: Seattle hosting the New York Giants. “If you win your division, you win your division,” Carroll says, and he knows: Seattle went 7-9 in 2010 and won the NFC West, then beat New Orleans in a playoff game. Patrick Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards seven times this season and has 22 straight games with at least one TD passing. New England has won the past five meetings, including a 2018 divisional playoff game. Chargers WR Keenan Allen leads the NFL with 85 receptions and has a TD catch in five straight games.
Ex-Lions WR Calvin Johnson 1 step closer to first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame induction
ALLEN PARK -- Calvin Johnson is one of four first-year eligible players among the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 25 semifinalists for the class of 2021. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 25 semifinalists to make the cut from the group of 130 original nominees in a Tuesday news release. Former Lions players Jason Hanson, Chris Spielman, Kevin Glover and Mel Gray were included in the group of 130 nominees announced in September. More on the semifinalists: https://t.co/ZtQVFup3B2#PFHOF21 pic.twitter.com/ukCvmOWnrF — Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) November 24, 2020Johnson is among four receivers in the group of 25 semifinalists, including Torry Holt, Hines Ward and Reggie Wayne. “While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected,” a previous news release from the Pro Football Hall of Fame reads.mlive.com
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Hall of Fame candidates
FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Hall of Fame candidates
Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 16 special teams players. A maximum of five modern-era players will be chosen when the selection committee meets the Saturday before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member panel: the 15 modern-era finalists, and the recently nominated Drew Pearson (senior); Bill Nunn (contributor); and Tom Flores (coach). Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August, when members of the 2020 class and a special centennial class also will enter the football shrine.