Dear Brady Hoke

Coach Hoke,

I am just an average fan. I love watching the University of Michigan football team play on Saturdays. I love hearing “The Victors” played over and over. I have been a fan for 36 years and will continue to be a fan for years to come. I believe that you love this program and I believe that you want what is best for the student athletes, the program, and the Wolverine fan base. I also know that you love this school and you have for a long time. My memories of Michigan football started with a small t shirt and an urging from my father to be more like Bo Schembechler. To conduct myself with integrity and honor and to fight together for what I believe in. So in closing, I want to leave you with the transcript from Coach Schembechler’s “Team Speech”! I know you have heard it and my hope is that you will take it to heart. Restore this proud university to it’s rightful place atop the college football world.

“We want the Big Ten championship and we’re gonna win it as a Team. They can throw out all those great backs, and great quarterbacks, and great defensive players, throughout the country and in this conference, but there’s gonna be one Team that’s gonna play solely as a Team. No man is more important than The Team. No coach is more important than The Team. The Team, The Team, The Team, and if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do, you take into consideration what effect does it have on my Team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here. You will never play for a Team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team, and think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is, The Team. We’re gonna win it. We’re gonna win the championship again because we’re gonna play as a team, better than anybody else in this conference, we’re gonna play together as a team. We’re gonna believe in each other, we’re not gonna criticize each other, we’re not gonna talk about each other, we’re gonna encourage each other. And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know, it’s gonna be Michigan again, Michigan.”

A loyal Wolverine,

Ryan Grammatico


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