With 93 more days until the first game of the 2016 season, we recognize linebacker Sam Sword. The Saginaw native played at Michigan from 1995-1998. He was first-team All-Big Ten in 1997 along with earning the Roger Zatkoff award in 1997 and 1998. He was the leading tackler on the 1997 undefeated team that led the country in scoring defense and was ranked #1 in the final AP poll. He led Michigan in tackles for three consecutive season, and his 265 solo tackles ranks him third in school history.
Sword was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1999 then played with the Indianapolis Colts from 2000 to 2002. He played linebacker and special teams appearing in 45 games, eight as a starter with 66 tackles.