Recently I watched the movie Invicible, which tells the true story of a Vince Papale, a 30 year old bartender who becomes an NFL player after being discovered at an open tryout. In the movie, Papale freezes and blows a play during his first NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys. As he leaves the field the head coach screams at him, “I stuck my neck out for you!”
The message was clear- it didn’t matter that Papale was a folk hero to the team’s fans, or that the coach personally liked him- if he couldn’t do his job and help the team win he wouldn’t play.
I thought about this scene in the movie as I watched QB Chad Henne and RB Mike Hart struggle against Ohio State Saturday.
It would have been a great story to have them return from injury and lead the Wolverines to victory over the Buckeyes. It would have awesome to have Lloyd’s loyalty to his seniors validated with a victory in his final game at Michigan Stadium.
But it didn’t turn out that way.
The Michigan mantra is supposed to be “The Team, The Team, The Team” but on Saturday I’m not sure if the best interests of the team were served.
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