George Steinbrenner affected many people in his reign over the New York Yankees, and many of them are now sharing memories after his passing today.â†µ
Former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson chimed in his thoughts on “The Boss” today, recalling his time as a Yankees prospect early in the decade. Henson told the Detroit Free Press of his visit to the Yankees’ minor league facility in Florida shortly after he was drafted out of high school in 1998:â†µ
â€œThere were seven, eight front-office people, so they get to know you and make small talk, etc.,â€ Henson recalled today, hours after Steinbrenner died at age 80. â€œSo my mom says, â€˜So, George,â€™ and everything goes silent. … Nobody calls him George. But he started laughing, and it turned into a great conversation and a great dinner.â€â†µ
Henson backed up former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady for two seasons, and turned down an offer from the Yankees before his junior season so he could start for the Wolverines. Henson decided to forgo his senior season after New York offered him a six year, $17 million contract.