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Those Who Stay Will Be Champions – And Heisman Trophy Winners 

December 6, 2012

This coming Saturday Dec. 8, the winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy will be announced in New York.

None of the nominees are University of Michigan players.Woodson_heisman

On January 7, 2013,  two teams will face off in Sun Life Stadium in Miami to determine the winner of this year’s national championship in college football.

Neither of the teams is Michigan.

The circumstances were very different almost exactly 15 years ago.

In 1997, cornerback and all-purpose player Charles Woodson became the third Wolverine to win the  Heisman, following Tom Harmon and Desmond Howard. And on January 1, 1998, Michigan defeated Washington State 21-16 to finish the season undefeated and become national champions, according to the  Associated Press and numerous other polls.

On January 11, 1998, a cold yet sunny Sunday in Ann Arbor, Wolverine fans celebrated the team’s amazing season with a parade through downtown Ann Arbor that culminated with  pep rally inside Crisler Arena.

It was a memorable day for everyone who watched the proceedings. But for the most part, it has existed only in people’s memories.

Until now.

Michigan_nationalchampionshipPriceless Photo Preservation, an Ann Atbor-based partnership of U-M-trained professional archivists, has just digitized a client’s collection of High 8 camcorder tapes. Among the footage converted was this nearly six-minute gem: A video of the parade shot from Main Street’s sidewalk as the players, coaches and members of the U-M marching band passed by the cheering WolverIne faithful.

We see then-coach Lloyd Carr, along with a staff that included current coach Brady Hoke. We watch as many of the starters and reserves ride on large trucks. And we see some of U-M’s seniors riding in individual cars.

Chief among them is Woodson (above), who is carrying his Heisman along with a rose.  Jerame Tuman sits next to the Big Ten trophy. And finally team captain Jon Jansen and Eric Mayes (left) lift up the national championship trophies to cheers from the loud crowd. One account says that 100,000 people lined the parade route.

It was truly a magical day in the history of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan football.

Now, thanks to our client and Priceless Photo Preservation, you can enjoy it by clicking play on the embedded video below.

If you want to learn more about us, and how we convert and preserve photos, scrapbooks, slides, videos and home movies, go to http://www.pricelessphotopreservation.com, email us at pricelessphotopreservation@gmail.com or call us at 734-219-3916. We offer pick-up and drop-off service in the greater Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids areas. There’s still time for you place your holiday orders, but you have to act soon!

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