The Michigan Wolverines have had 3 Heisman Trophy winners in their long history of football. Their first Heisman Trophy came in 1941 from Thomas Harmon, their 2nd came in 1991 from Desmond Howard and their last one came in 1997 from Charles Woodson.
Thomas Harmon attended Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana. He was an outstanding athlete receiving 14 varsity letters and All-State quarterback twice was named. He played football at the University of Michigan from 1938-1940. He won the Heisman Trophy is senior year making his name as a running back. He stood out as running back, but was also very good at quarterback and kicker. In his final game as a Wolverine, he led them to a victory over Ohio State 40-0. He led the nation in scoring in 1939 and 1940 and received All-American honors each of those years. Harmon was taken by the Chicago Bears with the first selection in the draft but declined to play. He acted in a couple of movies after graduation. He then entered World War II as a pilot and injured his legs while parachuting to the ground because his plane flew into a tropical storm. He tried to continue his professional football career after but was unable due to limited effectiveness stemming from wartime injuries. He then focused on his broadcasting career after football. He is considered by most to be the best football player in Michigan history.
Howard earned All-America and All-State honors as a tailback during his senior season at St. Joseph’s High School in Cleveland, Ohio, scoring 18 touchdown and 10 interceptions on defense. He earned three varsity letters each in track and football, as well as one in basketball. He enrolled at the University of Michigan where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1991. He was known for his talents as a receiver and punt and kick return member. During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records. He also lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and earning a First Team All-American selection. He was drafted 4th overall by the Washington Redskins and was known in the NFL as a better punt and kick returner and as a secondary receiver. Throughout his tenure in the NFL he played for the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions. He won a super bowl and was named Super Bowl MVP in 1996 when he helped the Green Bay Packers capture the Super Bowl. He is now a TV color analyst working for ESPN. He also was chosen for the cover athlete for the 2006 NCAA football game where he is seeing striking his Heisman pose.
Charles Woodson was born in Fremont, Ohio. As a senior at Fremont Ross High School Woodson was named Ohio's "Mr. Football." He finished his high school career with the school's records for rushing yards (3,861) and scoring (466 points). In his senior season he was a USA Today All-America selection and recorded 2,028 yards and 230 points. He chose the University of Michigan and started his college career. In addition to playing corner back for the Wolverines, he also was the punt and kick returner as well. Woodson was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1995. In his junior season in 1997, Woodson became the third Michigan player to win the Heisman Trophy. Woodson led the Michigan Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship in the same year. He also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player. He was named to the All-Big Ten First-Team for the third year and First-Team All-American for the second year. It was also his second year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Woodson won the Jim Thorpe Award, an award which he was nominated for the previous year. Woodson entered the draft after his junior season and was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 4th pick in the 1st round in 1998. He played with the Oakland Raiders until 2006 when he signed with the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in one super bowl during his time with Oakland and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently he is still with the Green Bay Packers and is vying for a super bowl title with them.