J.J. McCarthy and Blake Corum play catch at NFL combine (video)

Blake Corum and J.J. McCarthy, two Michigan football legends, are simply football guys.
2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
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There are plenty of Michigan football legends on Team 144. But two that will stick with me, and probably every other Wolverines fan forever, are J.J. McCarthy and Blake Corum.

McCarthy is the quarterback who got Michigan football the promised land. He was 27-1 as a starter and delivered a touchdown drive with his team down seven against Alabama and the season on the line. He won all three games he played against Ohio State and will soon be a first-round draft pick.

Corum is simply the greatest running back in Michigan football history. That's my opinion at least. His touchdown run against Ohio State after Zak Zinter went down was probably the play of the season, second only to his game-winning touchdown run against Alabama.

It took Corum a little while to get going this season but against Penn State, Ohio State, and Alabama, he was elite. He scored two touchdowns against Washington too.

Jim Harbaugh often talked about how this team was full of guys that "loved" football. You had to pull them back instead of pushing them to do more was another thing he said all the time about the Wolverines over the past few seasons and few embodied that more than Corum and McCarthy.

On Thursday, at the NFL draft combine, that love of football was on full display as McCarthy and Corum, who are each working out for teams at the combine, took a moment to play catch together in the hallway.

Most people probably don't see any importance in that. But if I was an NFL general manager, I'd take note of how much these guys love football. When you draft dudes like that, who also have elite talent, and elite leadership ability, you tend to be pretty successful.