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Michigan TE Jake Butt Pens Personal Essay: "How I Became A Michigan Man"

Michigan tight end Jake Butt looking off into the distance.


Michigan TE Jake Butt wrote a reflection piece for The Players' Tribune detailing his journey of becoming a "Michigan man."

Today The Players' Tribunepublished a piece titled "How I Became a Michigan Man" written by Michigan tight end Jake Butt. In it, he covers a fair amount of subjects in detail, from the process of choosing Michigan for school—despite growing up a huge Ohio State fan—to the grueling rehabilitation that followed tearing his ACL during his freshman year. He also, of course, addresses his last name (he's cool with the jokes!).

The whole thing is definitely worth a read, mainly for how personal he's willing to delve, and especially for the parts about his grandfather, a former Notre Dame football player who he refers to as Papa.

Here's an excerpt:

When we arrived at the stadium on Saturday, I grabbed the bag and walked out to the 50-yard line. There, standing in the center of a mostly empty stadium, I pulled apart the top of the bag and fulfilled my Papa’s dying wish, spreading his ashes on the field where he never had lost a game. And as his ashes hit the turf, my dad took a picture of me. In the photo, there’s a light shining on me from directly above.

We believe it’s my Papa saying, Thank you.

You can read the essay in its entirety here.

Butt and the rest of the Wolverines take on Ohio State this Saturday at noon E.T.