Michigan’s 1997 national football title celebrated in new book
Michigan Wolverines football 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 quarterback who became the Rose Bowl MVP.
Or the College Football Hall of Fame coach so many thought was not the right man for the job, seen as part of an antiquated machine passed down 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 won the national championship, 11th for the school and first in nearly half a century.
To commemorate the anniversary – for one of the most beloved championship teams in Michigan history – the Free Press has designed a new hardcover book, “Hi, yes! 25 years later: Relive the Michigan Wolverines’ 1997 run to the Rose Bowl and national championship.”
Besides Charles Woodson, Brian Griese and Lloyd Carr, fans will always remember the fourth save against Notre Dame, the 14-point comeback against Iowa, Woodson’s one-handed interception against Michigan State, the rout at Penn State that ended the country. the longest winning streak, Woodson’s epic comeback against Ohio State and the thrilling final against Washington State and Ryan Leaf in Pasadena.
After: Celebrate Michigan football’s historic 2021 season with this free new press book!
Oral history: Michigan Wolverines 1997 football: Relive the historic championship run
“Hi, yes! 25 Years Later” features 208 brilliant full-color pages and behind-the-scenes stories from award-winning Free Press 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 Michigan’s 11 national championships.
This collector’s book is a must-have for all Wolverines fans.
“Hi, yes! 25 Years Later” costs $45, but you can get it for $33.75 by pre-ordering through September 14 at UM.PictorialBook.com. The book will ship on October 21.
It’s never too early to order “Hail, Yes!” as a (discounted!) holiday gift for the Wolverine nuts in your life.
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Gene Myers retired from the Free Press at the end of 2015 after 22½ years as a sportswriter. He is the editor of “Hail, Yes!” 25 Years Later,” as it 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 the Stanley Cup’s Return to Motor City After 41 Frustrating Seasons,” “The Joe: Memories of the Heart of Hockeytown”, “Gordie: The Legend of Mr. Hockey”, “Mr. Tiger: The Legend of Al Kaline, Detroit’s Own”, “Mr. March: A Coach, 25 Years of Spartans Glory” and “Mick McCabe’s Golden Yearbook: 50 Great Years of Michigan’s Best High School Players, Teams & Memories.