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Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:19 a.m.

Michigan football seniors deliver humorous speeches, and David Molk's resonates

By Kyle Meinke

LIVONIA -- Senior after senior got a chance to bid the Michigan football team farewell Monday night at the program's annual postseason banquet.

Most of the speeches were clever, even hysterical, reflective of the Wolverines' resurgent season this year. They are 10-2 and have earned a matchup with Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 (8:30 p.m., ESPN).

There was a record turnout at Laurel Manor of about 1,700, one organizer estimated. Some guests were left without chairs.

Spirits were high.


David Molk

Then, senior captain David Molk concluded the senors' speeches with the most thoughtful and powerful delivery of them all. It was reflective of what the past five years, and three coaches, have meant to him.

"It’s really hard to put into words truly what (this season) meant and truly what we’ve been through because, frankly, I don’t think there’s many people in this room -- in the country -- that understand," he said.

"Unless you’ve been a fifth-year senior here, you don’t know. You didn’t live it, you didn’t feel it, you didn’t see the pain, you didn’t hear the anguish, you didn’t hear the hate. There was a time we got booed by you guys, and that hurts."

The fifth-year seniors have played for three coaches, the first time that has happened at Michigan since the 1920s. They were 15-22 the past three seasons under former coach Rich Rodriguez.

"But the reality is, this is Michigan," Molk continued. "We come back, and we never stop. We’re a team that recovers, we’re at team that continues and there’s nothing that can stop Michigan -- absolutely nothing in the world.

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"There's no defense, there's no offense, there's no other team, no Ohio State, no Michigan State -- there's no other team in the country that can stop us, and that's why I came here to Michigan.

"Most of all, I want to thank these guys -- both sides of me. They are Michigan men. This is the reason i came here. I wanted to share a stage with you guys, and I’m glad I did."

Molk typically has a steely personality, but had to choke back tears while also thanking his father, who helped him through the two coaching transitions. They also share in the loss of Molk's mother, who died when he was a boy.

"Dad, I love you pops, and I know we’re both thinking about someone else who we wish could be here," Molk said.

Moving words from the country's best college center.

He was the last of a long list of seniors who addressed the crowd. Some of the lighter moments:


Troy Woolfolk

Safety Troy Woolfolk

"I really do hate going last. I wish my mother would have married someone with the last name Aaron or something," Woolfolk opened.

"I would like to thank my father, (former Michigan star) Butch Woolfolk, some guy y'all may know. I'd like to thank my mother for encouragement and tips about football, even though she doesn't know what she's talking about. I'd like to thank my girlfriend. She actually just texted me saying I'd better thank her, so I got that down.

"I've been here for five years. I've had three different head coaches. Four different defensive coordinators, and I can say I've never been around coaches with such good character like these -- and I really mean that.

"I'd like to thank (receiver) Martavious Odoms for breaking my leg so I could come back for a fifth year, and I'm serious about that. I would have been really mad if I was at home and knowing I could have been a part of a 10-2 team and beaten Ohio State. So, thank you, Martavious."

Thanking someone for a season-ending injury? That has to be a Michigan bust first.


John McColgan

Fullback John McColgan

McColgan committed to former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, but never played for him. Instead, he played for Rodriguez, who did not use fullbacks.

Hoke does, and McColgan is appreciative of that.

"As a fullback, thank you, Coach Hoke, for bringing me out of retirement," he said.

Long snapper Tom Pomarico

Don't know Pomarico's name? That makes him happy.

"I’m hoping most of you don’t recognize my name, because that means I did a pretty decent job this year," he deadpanned.

"I wanted to give a little insight as to how I became a long snapper. When I was playing junior football, my dad told me, ‘If you work on throwing the ball between your legs a lot, you can get a scholarship from a major university.’ This idea seemed quite strange to me at the time, but 10 years later, I got pretty good at it and I got a scholarship.

"But the idea still seems a little strange."


Michael Shaw

Taiilback Michael Shaw

Shaw's speech began on a humorous note: "Hang with me for a little bit. I have (my speech) on my phone. It's a Droid."

It only got better, as Shaw broke into an impression of his position coach Fred Jackson. It killed.

Offensive lineman Mark Huyge

Huyge thanked his fiancee for "all the cooking, cleaning and laundry she has done for me the past couple years. I couldn't have made it without her."

Receiver Kelvin Grady

The first coach Grady thanked? Tommy Amaker, the Wolverines' former basketball coach who recruited the Grand Rapids native to Michigan.

Then he played for current basketball coach John Beilein before switching to football -- where he played for two more coaches, Rodriguez and Hoke.

Not many players, regardless of sport, have changed coaches so frequently while at Michigan. Grady hasn't played much this year, but he certainly has never lacked in perseverance.

The auction that keeps on going

The speeches were halted at one point to conduct an auction of a signed football from the night game against Notre Dame.

As the bidding escalated, one of the players raised his hand to bid, with the price scale already at more than $1,000.

Auctioneer Frank Beckmann, the voice of the Michigan Radio Network, responded: "This is not Ohio State. You do not have the money."

The auctions dragged on a bit, causing a lull in the entertainment. Tight end Kevin Koger, who later shared the Robert P. Ufer Bequest -- given to the seniors who demonstrated the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan -- with Ryan Van Bergen, took to Twitter during the auctions, tweeting: "c'mon son we are going to be here all night."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 4:50 p.m.

Now hold on just a minute men," it ain't over till the fat lady gets up and sings" and in this case the fat lady is, Virginia Tech.

Lorain Steelmen

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 4:33 p.m.

There are a lot of great character kids on this team, many of whom, were recruited by RR. Molks comments about playing in front of fans that booed them really hurt, but in a fractured community, where so-called fans attacked the head coach for three years, that will happen. So often we read the posts about WCIMFBH, or MCC. Many of us old Blues, realize that it's the kids that got hurt, not just RR. Unfortunately it is the legacy of Carr who put his ego ahead of the team, that set the stage for all this. But in the end, those that stayed, (not Boren, et al), that grew and matured, far beyond their own expectations. This group of seniors, as well as the underclassmen have re-set that program to where it was before 2002, h when the deterioration began. They have a lot to be proud of. Now guys, lets finish this thing off right, and win the Sugar Bowl. Set the stage for another great run in 2012.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:39 p.m.

I would like to thank each and everyone of our Seniors for sticking with Michigan during these past few years. I think that all of the Wolverine fanbase should keep in mind the one sentence that really hit me in the heart..."There was a time we got booed by you guys, and that hurts." Why would anyone want to play for a bunch of people who would do that? Well, they did. They preservered. They put their hearts and souls on those football fields. They bled, and endured injury after injury (both physically and emotionally) for Michigan, and its fans. Sure enough, it has been a rough past 4 years. However, a fan is a fan through thick and thin. I am one of those fans!! You can take the girl out of Michigan, but you can NEVER take Michigan out of the girl!! Just letting all these guys know how much I appreciate everything they went through. I AM a MICHIGAN FAN! This IS MICHIGAN! THANK YOU TEAM!!! LOTS OF LOVE AND RESPECT FOR YOU ALL!!! NOW GO WIN YOUR BOWL!! THIS IS YOUR TIME!! YOUR TIME!! THIS IS YOUR BOWL!! GO BLUE!!! GO BLUE!!! GO BLUE!!!


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 4:54 p.m.

Michigan Woman as in "Michigan Man", you are welcome.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:36 p.m.

The bust was a very nice event. What pleased me the most was how well the seniors handled themselves in addressing the audience. These "Michigan Men" truly embody what being a student athlete is all about. Go Blue!!!

Captain Dave

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:31 p.m.

Glad you were able to celebrate your much earned success. New coaches believed in you and pushed you to achieve your potential. You will be on a big stage in New Orleans and as seniors need to finish so everyone feels that next year's opening game could be for the national championship. The remaining players will have a great freshman class coming in and a few additional prime recruits will be watching prior to making their commitments. Lets complete this class filling all our needs for a run at the national championship. GO BLUE


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

the auction while for a good cause (the new scholarships) did take way too long.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:22 p.m.

I wish UM could have had some recurits at this event. U-M sports is a family. The last few years starting with Carr, The House of Blue, Football, was fractruing.....Three years of Rich Rod, completely pulled The Michigan Family apart I'm not at all surprised Big Blue went 10-2....actually could have been 11-1 and maybe just MAYBE could have pulled off the incrediable, going 12-0, Iowa and 4th and 7inches, on the 7 yd line, up there (east lansing).....what 'could' have been. Ahh Well, 10-2, BS game January 3rd, and.....BAAAAHAAAA ranked higher then MS'whoo......I still haven't stopped laughing 'bout that one......*snicker*


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 12:28 p.m.

What is WCIMFH? What Crawled Into My Football Helmet?


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:57 p.m.

Hey smokes, I was kidding about RR but wouldn't be surprised he got turned away.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.

Isn't he at Arizona now? Why are we still worrying about him? And what was he doing in Livonia last night? I don't get it.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 12:56 p.m.

Worst Coach In Michigan Football History...referring to RR.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 9:48 a.m.

Woolfolk has some good material there! And I'm glad these guys got to wear some big smiles after all these years. Now beat Virginia Tech.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 7:59 a.m.

Many famed posters from this forum were "recruited" by AD Brandon and "coached" by Mattison & Hoke to prevent WCIMFH from crashing the party last night with great success and we even allowed Theo212 a brief glimpse of it so he can pen an epic poem about the unparalleled success of the Wolverines without WCIMFH. Am thrilled to see that the team, staff, alumni and every true maize n blue fan are celebrating with each other as true Michigan Men. GO BLUE!