Michigan football: Zak Zinter joins elite company as unanimous All-American

The Michigan football standout was a unanimous All-American selection putting him in rare company among Wolverines.
Dec 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Zak Zinter (65) celebrates
Dec 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Zak Zinter (65) celebrates / Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Zak Zinter is one of the greatest players in Michigan football history and that was cemented this week as he was named a unanamious All-American selection.

It was actually the third consecutive season that Michigan football has had a unanmious All-American selection joining Aidan Hutchinson in 2021, as well as Blake Corum in 2022.

Zinter was dominant at right guard this season for Michigan football and has been a key part of the past two offensive lines that won the Joe Moore Award for being the best in college football.

In a heartbreaking moment, Zinter suffered a broken leg during the Ohio State game, an injury that essentially ended his Michigan football career since Zinter is expected to be drafted into the NFL after this season.

The injury might impact his draft status but I wouldn't think much. A broken bone is usually a less difficult injury to recover from than something like an ACL tear. NFL teams would be stupid to pass on Zinter who should easily be a day one or day two pick in the NFL draft.

Zinter's selection as an All-American also adds context to one of the greatest three-year runs in Michigan football history. Not only did the Wolverines win three straight outright Big Ten championships, something U-M has never done before, but this is the first time the Wolverines have had a unanimous All-American in three straight years since four straight in 1988-1991.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is a golden era of Michigan football. Zak Zinter was a huge part of that and it's a huge bummer he won't be able to play in the Rose Bowl for the Wolverines.

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He's got more good football ahead of him in the NFL, where I'd expect him to be a perennial pro-bowl selection.