A couple weeks ago, I posed a question about Michigan fans' thoughts on Devin Gardner being awarded the #98 jersey in honor of former Heisman winner Tom Harmon. Here were the results:
Perfect fit. Good job, Michigan: 54%
Good choice, but #98 should have stayed retired: 23%
Good choice, but quarterbacks shouldn't wear #98: 19%
Stupid, stupid, stupid: 2%
I'm in the camp that thinks #98 should have remained retired. Maybe sometime down the road, you need to start unretiring jersey numbers because they get too scarce. But there's nothing wrong with a couple retired numbers, especially when one was a) the best player in the country for at least one season and b) a war hero. Keep it in the vault. And besides, it's not like the #98 is in high demand from football players. That number is most often worn by a defensive tackle in the game of football, not exactly the highest profile position.
However, I do think Gardner was the best choice for the current team. If it had to be unretired, it might as well go to someone like Gardner, who's Michigan's most dynamic player these days. If Gardner turns it on down the stretch - and basically eliminates his silly turnovers - he could still get into the Heisman conversation, and the same could happen if he sticks around for 2014.