86 Days: A Look Back At WR Tai Streets

With 86 days left until the 2016 Michigan Football season begins, we recognize Tai Streets, one of the greatest to wear the number. The Chicago native was an outstanding wide receiver at Michigan, known as one of the best athletes from that area taking him to Ann Arbor and beyond to the NFL for five seasons. Over the course of his career he was known for fourth quarter performances in various bowl games and NFL playoff games.

Below are his highlights and achievements from all three phases of his career and after football:

High School

  • All-American in football and as a senior led his team to a 9–0 regular season before losing in the playoffs.
  • In basketball, he was an All-State and led his team past Kevin Garnett’s high school team to reach the finals of the state championship playoff tournament.
  • In track, he was a state long jump champion as a junior and runner-up as a senior when he helped his school’s 4 x 400 metres relay team finish third in the state.
  • In 1995, won athlete of the year awards from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Illinois High School Association.
  • He is considered to be one of the greatest three-sport athletes in the history of Illinois.

College 

  • Played football and basketball
  • As a Sophmore, he played part of the season for the 1996–97 Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team, which won the 1997 National Invitation Tournament, but has since vacated the championship due to the University of Michigan basketball scandal.
  • Leading receiver for the 1997 National Championship team
  • The 13-9 comeback win at Ohio State in ’96 included  the 78-yard pass By Griese to Streets in the third quarter.
  • As a senior, he was voted football team MVP and All-Big Ten Conference second-team wide receiver. That season, he posted five 100-yard games and totaled over one thousand yards.
  • Led the team in receiving yards each season from 1996–1998.
  • Played in the Senior Bowl and was selected for the Hula Bowl.
  • Career stats; 131 receptions for 2016 yards and 17 touchdowns.

NFL

  • Drafted in 1999 by the San Fransisco 49ers in the sixth round after an injury and potential second round pick.
  • Played four seasons with San Fransisco and another the with Detroit Lions.
  • Had four receptions for at least 50 yards in all three playoff games. He recorded two fourth quarter playoff touchdowns one of which was the game-winner in a 24-point comeback victory and the other of which was a game-tying touchdown in a losing effort.
  • His stats for 78 games; 196 receptions for 2268 yards and 14 touchdowns.

After Football

  • Streets is still active in mentoring and coaching youth basketball while he was a professional football player.
  • Coached a team to the 16-under national AAU championship.
  • Was actively involved in creating and expanding the Chicago-area AAU basketball program.
  • He founded and coached the Meanstreets AAU travelling club team, that has included players like Anthony Davis.

He became an outstanding athlete in high school and went on to become one of Michigan’s top receivers. He also is one of Michigan’s last two-sport student-athletes. His love for youth sports and coaching after his career has made an impact on many levels. His dedication to making a difference  helped create the AAU presence in his hometown along with youth all over the country.

Go Blue!

David Noe