#98 was the jersey number of the great Tom Harmon of the Wolverines. Harmon won the Heisman trophy in 1940 and was the first Michigan Wolverine to receive that honor. Harmon has since passed away but his son, Hollywood actor Mark Harmon, was on hand for the ceremony.
My father would be only proud,” Harmon told the Detroit Free-Press Saturday. “He’d be embarrassed, but he’d be proud. Embarrassed because he was a humble man and he thought no one did it alone … For Michigan, it’s an important day in recognizing my dad, both deserved. There wasn’t anything my dad did in his life that didn’t have the word Michigan attached to it.
Gardner offered this statement about the honor via a press release:
It’s difficult to say how honored I am to wear No. 98 you see Tom Harmon photos and prints all over our building, knowing all of the things he accomplished on the field for this program and then representing our country, and to have the opportunity to speak to his family today, it’s kind of surreal. I’m extremely humbled and blessed.
I am sure that the Woverines are going to be looking to pull out any type of nostalgic magic that they can as they face the Irish tonight. It promises to be a great game either way.