When Ty Law gets a chance to acknowledge his alma mater during "Monday Night Football"'s introductions, he makes it a point to say "Aliquippa High School" and not the University of Michigan.
Here's Law's version about the bitter way he left Michigan when he left after his junior season because of legitimate financial hardship, but with little understanding from Wolverines head coach Lloyd Carr.
"He didn't care for me leaving, and I wasn't welcomed back for a while," said Law of Carr, who was Michigan's defensive coordinator but replaced Gary Moeller as head coach for what would have been Law's senior season.
Law says Carr "actually told me -- and that's what I feed on until this day -- that I would never see the third round. And that kind of hurt me. I know I thought I was one of the better players here on the team."
Law said he left Michigan reluctantly; his grandfather filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and his family had other problems that needed addressing. The Patriots drafted Law in the first round, 23rd overall, and in 1999 signed a seven-year, $50 million contract extension.
Law says that, given his family situation, he would have expected Carr to give his blessing for leaving early.
"I didn't get any of that. And that's why I don't go back to that school. On 'Monday Night Football, I'll say I'm from Aliquippa (Pa.). The University of Michigan -- I had a great time, don't get me wrong, made some of my best friends there -- but it was just a pit stop."
Law said Carr knew about his family's dire financial straits. Carr left for a recruiting trip but asked Law not to make a decision about declaring until the coach returned. The deadline for declaring arrived, and Law wanted to speak to Carr about his situation.
Law said Carr "wouldn't take my call."
Law said that convinced him he was making the right decision. He claims he was not included on the "Wall Of Fame" in Michigan's football facility -- a mural featuring the school's All-Americans -- until his third year in the NFL.
"I was an All-American at the school. (Michigan) never would have seen Charles Woodson if it wasn't for me, because (Woodson) had committed to Florida State. But we (Carr and Law) just didn't get along while I was there."
Law said that fellow former Michigan star and Patriots teammate Tom Brady tried to smooth matters on an airplane. Carr was on a flight to Hawaii for the 2002 Pro Bowl with Brady and Law, and Brady encouraged Law to say something to Carr.
"I talk to him briefly, but it was still somewhat short," Law recalled. "I'm glad that he's having success, but I didn't get the same positive energy when I left compared to when Charles left."