|If this guy doesn't look like a wide receiver, it's because|
he wasn't. It's kicker Gregg Wilner.
I don't think there's a receiver that has emerged as a guy that can take over a game or a guy they can trust. However, on the flip side, I wouldn't mind Denard Robinson wearing it, the No. 1 this year. If it went in that direction, I would be honored that he continued the lineage of the 'one.' I would be happy with that all the way.Those are the words of one Braylon Edwards. Of course, this comment comes a few years after saying the following:
I’m glad you gave me a Go Blue question because Rich Rod gave the No. 1 jersey to an incoming freshman DB [J.T. Floyd], and the No. 1 jersey has never been worn by anybody outside of a wide receiver. It dates back to Anthony Carter, (Greg) McMurtry, Tyrone Butterfield, Derrick Alexander, David Terrell, and yours truly. So I’m going to have a talk with him about that the next time I see him. He’s getting that call soon - very soon. Exactly, we have a jersey scholarship fund for this whole deal. What is he thinking?There are good things that can be said about Braylon Edwards. He paid out a bunch of money to some inner city Cleveland kids to whom he had promised some college tuition. He also started an endowment for a scholarship at the University of Michigan. And, of course, he's one of the best football players in Michigan history.
But he's kind of a moron. Aside from his legal troubles, this whole #1 jersey kerfuffle is absolutely ridiculous. He specifically states that the #1 jersey has never been worn by anyone other than a kicker, even though it has been worn by LT Angus Goetz, G Robert Jerome Dunne, HB Harry Kipke, S Dave Whiteford, and K Gregg Willner throughout history. Way to know the history of your own endowed scholarship, Braylon.
Now he's publicly lobbying for Denard Robinson to wear the #1 jersey. Denard Robinson does not play wide receiver.
For the record, I think the #1 jersey "tradition" is complete and utter nonsense. It was never meant to be a tradition. It was the result of a single coach challenging a single player. Edwards asked to switch from #80 to #1 because his idol Anthony Carter wore it, and then head coach Lloyd Carr said, "If you want to honor Anthony Carter, then you should work for it and earn it." Edwards worked for it and had a great last couple years at Michigan. There. That's it. If anybody should have notoriety for creating the #1 jersey tradition, it ought to be Lloyd Carr, who devised the plan and realized that Edwards needed a challenge to get over his immaturity and trouble catching the ball.
I have no problem with Denard Robinson wearing the #1 jersey. He's a superstar college player, and by all accounts, he's a leader of the team. However, if Edwards just wants to hand out the #1 jersey to a superstar or the team's best player or the team's best offensive player or whomever, he shouldn't make a big deal out of it going to a wide receiver. When Rodriguez tried to give cornerback J.T. Floyd the #1 back in 2008, Edwards made a big deal out of it and got Rodriguez off to a horrible start with the media, fans, and former players. He submarined the Rodriguez regime almost immediately. And for what? For a "tradition" that Edwards himself can't properly explain.
So let's give the #1 jersey to Denard for 2012. Maybe next year Edwards can award it to running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. Or left tackle Taylor Lewan. Either way, Edwards has undermined his own previous statements. I never want to hear about him wanting only to give the #1 jersey to a wide receiver again.