The Michigan Wolverines have garnered a lot of criticism for failing to win their biggest games under Jim Harbaugh. But one famous Michigan alum isn't convinced that the team is on the decline - and hopes the players share his view.
In an interview with The Detroit News, former Michigan star and Pro Football Hall of Fame CB Ty Law addressed Michigan's recent overall struggles.
He revealed that he recently spoke to the team in the locker room and told them to "shut out all the noise."
“There’s a lot of noise out there, ‘Michigan isn’t what it used to be,’ the ranking of Notre Dame or whoever else they’re playing, Ohio State. But just believing in yourself and believing in the guys in your locker room and shut out all the noise. I used some language I can’t say right now, but in a nutshell, that’s what it was. The only people that matter are the people in that locker room, when you go out there on the field.”
However, Law added the caveat that losing as consistently as they have to arch-rival Ohio State is "unacceptable."
“It’s frustrating because it’s not supposed to happen. I’ve been the rivalry for three years. I was 1-1-1. It always came down to a very tough game. The whippings they’ve been putting on us for that many years in a row, it’s unacceptable, because we gotta hear it in the locker room..."
Law was a three-year letterman at Michigan. During that span he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and an All-American. He parlayed his success in Michigan into the No. 23 pick in the 1995 NFL Draft and went on to have a Hall of Fame career.
Michigan would go on to win six Big Ten titles and a national title in the ten years after Law left. But since 2004, they have not even played in the Big Ten Championship Game.
This year the Wolverines are off to a 5-2 start, and have not looked too good even in some of their wins.
Hopefully they take Law's message to heart if they hope on being relevant come bowl season.