Online listing: Ex-Michigan football player Vada Murray's 1990 Rose Bowl jersey
Vada Murray, the former Michigan football player and longtime Ann Arbor police officer, died earlier this year after a long bout with lung cancer. Now a listing on Craigslist offers a 1990 Michigan Rose Bowl jersey with Murray's No. 27.
The listing was posted by Howard Heyman of West Bloomfield, a 1978 University of Michigan graduate and a longtime Michigan football fan. "Oh, yeah," Heyman said. "I was obsessed with it during the Bo era. And Mo. And Lloyd."
Howard said he's narrowed his collection of Michigan memorabilia in recent years, but he says he'll never part with his favorite: The polyester shirt Michigan coach Bo Schembechler wore while beating Ohio State in 1977.
Howard's listing for the Murray jersey notes that the name is missing because he obtained it while Murray still had eligibility remaining. "It might have been a backup jersey," Howard said. "I think the players got to keep the jerseys they wore."
Michigan lost to Southern Cal, 17-10, in the 1990 Rose Bowl, Schembechler's last game as the Wolverines' coach. Murray led Michigan with a career-high 10 solo tackles against USC.