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Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 : 4:57 p.m.

5 things you may not know about David Brandon, Michigan's next athletic director

By Staff

5 random notes about David Brandon, introduced as Michigan’s next athletic director.

1. Participated in the national finals of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition as 13-year-old. “I met (then NFL commissioner) Pete Rozelle, I shook hands with Johnny Unitas, “ Brandon said in 2006. “That really changed my life.”

2. Served as a co-chairman for the fundraising committee for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr. With his wife, Jan, gave $4 million to The Michigan Difference, much earmarked for the construction of the Nick and Chris Brandon Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

3. Ate dinner with Bo Schembechler in downtown Ann Arbor on Nov. 16., 2006. Schembechler died the following morning. "A lot of people forget he was a living legend, " Brandon said in 2007. "The thing that makes you a legend is your accomplishments supersede your years on earth. If what life is all about is making a positive impact on people's lives while you're here, Bo did that times thousands."

4. Brandon on Michigan Stadium and Schembechler’s legacy: "I told some people earlier today that my first football game (at Michigan Stadium) I was wearing a band uniform and carrying a bass drum. It's when I was in eighth grade, and (we were) asked to come fill the stadium on Band Day. We don't have to bring bands in any more to fill the seats."

5. “You’re the best of the best.” - Brandon, as a University Michigan regent in 2002, to incoming president Mary Sue Coleman.



Tue, Jan 5, 2010 : 10 p.m.

David Brandon sounds like an absolutely great choice, a real M man but also a sound businessman. I think he will do the right thing with RR. I would trust his judgement.