For those that don’t follow NCAA College Football, the University of Michigan is one of the historic programs in America. They opened their season at home on Saturday and were completely outshined by their own invited guest.
Michael Jordan donned the navy and maize on their sideline and the entire school was ecstatic to have him on hand for all the day’s festivities. For the casual fan, it was probably weird to see the greatest basketball player ever at a college football game.
This year will be the first for the Wolverines to don Air Jordan apparel for their uniforms. Coach Jim Harbaugh was charged up to have his team wearing the famous star’s logo on the gridiron.
As an official Jordan Brand school, U-M now has to live up to the pressure of carrying the image and legacy of the six-time NBA champion. They aced their first test against Hawaii 63-3 and attention in the crowd quickly shifted to focusing on His Airness.
Harbaugh noticed that his players were extra attentive in a special pregame meeting with the most famous Chicago Bull.
He shared 45 minutes with the team prior to kickoff and answered questions from the young players who may only know him from commercials and YouTube videos.
The coach observed: “It was a lot of the same things they’ve been hearing, but they were listening a lot better to Michael Jordan.”
I mean, how many of us would listen more carefully to anything, no matter how mundane, if the most famous athlete on Earth said it?
Michigan’s star is rising by association with the basketball superstar and that can only be good for all parties involved. Saturday was a moment that these young men won’t soon forget and shows that MJ is still the kind of star that can make a routine blowout seem special.