The University Record, January 14, 1998

'Thank you for the season of a lifetime'

Football team members hoisted trophies aloft at the close of the rally in Crisler Arena Sunday evening that celebrated the Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl victory and national championship. The hardware (from left) are the Big Ten Conference Trophy, Rose Bowl Trophy, Heisman Trophy (with winner Charles Woodson), Associated Press National Championship Trophy, Football Writers of American National Championship/Grantland Rice Trophy and the National Football Foundation's MacArthur Bowl Trophy, which was presented by formerU-M standout Ron Johnson. Photo by Bob Kalmbach

More snapshots from Sunday's parade and rally

Thousands gathered in Crisler Arena Sunday evening to join with the football team in a "Celebration of Excellence," a rally designed to give fans and players alike one more chance to celebrate the football team's 12-0 season and national championship.

The event was emceed by Detroit sports broadcasters Don Shane and Jim Brandstatter, with Brandstatter noting that the team faced a mission at the start of the year and let the 'play on the field talk for itself.'

'This is the national champion team for 1998,' he added. 'Make no mistake; that's a cold, hard fact.'

In presenting the Rose Bowl trophy to fifth-year players Zach Adami and Ben Huff, radio broadcaster Frank Beckman told team members that the season was 'a great test of believing in yourself, of believing in working harder, of believing in working together as a team. It was a great thrill to do your games. Thank you for the season of a lifetime.'

Coach Lloyd Carr, hailed by Brandstatter as the toast of the college football world, took the opportunity to thank 'the greatest student body in America, the greatest fans in the country who came in the cold today and tonight and throughout the season and followed us on the road, giving us the greatest home-field advantage we've ever had.'

Carr noted that the Rose Bowl historically presented a home-field advantage for West Coast teams and, knowing that it would be filled with U-M fans, told the team before the game that they would 'be playing for the national championship in Michigan Stadium West.'

'Your support had a tremendous impact on the team. Everyone in Michigan football appreciates you.'