The University Record, January 14, 1998

A rousing end to a perfect season


Story on the National Championship festivities

Crisp air and maize and blue skies were the order of the day for hundreds of Wolverine faithful Sunday afternoon, many garbed head-to-toe in maize and blue regalia, who attended the 38-unit parade celebrating the football team's Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl victory and national championship.

Parade participants included the football team, coaches, trainers and support staff; the Marching Band and cheerleaders; ROTC color guard; President Lee C. Bollinger and Mayor Ingrid Sheldon in horse-drawn carriages; and the Eisenhower (Utica) and South Lyon High School marching bands. Freshmen, sophomore and junior football players were on flatbed trucks, tossing miniature blue footballs to the children on the parade route. Photo by Marjorie Marshall


A video replay of Coach Lloyd Carr's speech to the team immediately following the Rose Bowl was one of the highlights of the rally. In that speech, Carr told the players they had 'embraced the pressure, answered the challenge and left a wonderful legacy. You just won the national championship.' Photo by Bob Kalmbach


Senior team members rode the parade route two-by-two in convertibles, led by Brian Griese with his Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy (above, left) and Charles Woodson with his Heisman Trophy (above, right), sporting a rose for the occasion. Woodson announced late last week that he will leave the U-M for a pro career. Photo by Marjorie Marshall


Broadcasters Don Shane (left) and Jim Brandstatter emceed the Sunday evening rally. Photo by Bob Kalmbach