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Michigan To Recognize Gerald Ford, Ron Kramer, Bennie Oosterbaan As Football Legends

Last season, Desmond Howard was recognized as a "Michigan Football Legend." His No. 21 jersey wasn't retired, but rather a patch was affixed to Junior Hemingway's No. 21 jersey to honor Howard. This season, Roy Roundtree switched to No. 21 in order to wear Howard's legends jersey.

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This upcoming season, Michigan is planning on unretiring three numbers and putting them back into circulation with patches honoring past players as "Michigan Football Legends."

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The University of Michigan Athletic Department will recognize three of its all-time great football players -- center Gerald Ford and ends Ron Kramer and Bennie Oosterbaan -- with the "Michigan Football Legend" distinction during the 2012 season, announced today (Tuesday, June 12) by Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. The Oosterbaan, Ford and Kramer families fully support returning the famed No. 47, No. 48 and No. 87 jerseys into circulation starting this fall.

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Michigan is planning on giving out legend status to Oosterbaan on Sept. 8 against Air Force, Kramer on Sept. 15 against UMass and Ford on Oct. 13 against Illinois.

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Plans to unretire the No. 11 (Wistert brothers) and No. 98 (Tom Harmon) jerseys have not yet been made, as Michigan hasn't spoken with the Wistert or Harmon families.