(Queue the Sesame Street Music) This weeks Wallpaper Wednesday is brought to you by the Number One, and will hopefully mark victory number one for Coach Rich Rodriguez and the 2008 Michigan Wolverines.
That special uniform number first rose in significance in 1979 when a 5-11 160-pound receiver from Suncoast high school in Riviera Beach, Florida arrived on campus. The first time Anthony Carter touched the ball as a Wolverine he returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. By the time his career ended four years later, he had rewritten the receiving record books in Ann Arbor…setting new marks in touchdowns (40), points (244), receptions (161), yards (3,076), touchdown receptions in a season (14) and touchdown receptions in a career (37).
When Lloyd Carr secured a commitment from Braylon Edwards in the fall of 2001 the young recruit told his new coach that he wanted to wear the number because he grew up idolizing AC. Coach Carr responded "You can have it, but you have to earn it first". Braylon eventually did (he wore #80 for two years) and continued AC's legacy of excellence.
In 2006 Braylon endowed the University with a $500,000 scholarship for the Michigan #1 football jersey to recognize future athletes who demonstrate character and commitment both on and off the field.