Report: Lloyd Carr to enter Hall of Fame
Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will be inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame, the Detroit News reported Saturday.
Carr retired after the 2007 season with 122 wins and the 1997 national championship on his resume. Brian Griese, the 1997 quarterback and an ESPN analyst, made the announcement Saturday night when many of Carr's former players gathered for a fund-raising dinner for Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Carr was on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year for the first time. The full 2011 class will be announced Tuesday.
The Al Glick family made a $3 million gift to name the seventh floor "The Coach Carr Pediatric Cancer Unit," in Mott Children's Hospital when it opens in November.
About 80 people, mostly ex-players of Carr's, combined to donate more than $750,000 to create "The Mountaintop Fund," to honor Carr by helping Mott patients reach the summit of their lives.
"It just shows the amount of respect people have for Lloyd," Charles Woodson said.
Carr inspired his players to give back to the community by visiting children at Mott.
"It's awesome because he's so passionate about Mott," Jeff Backus said. "To honor him by putting his name on part of the hospital that will be there forever is a great way to honor a great man forever."
Steve Hutchinson, who is hosting fundraising events this weekend on and around campus along with Woodson and Griese, said it wasn't difficult to convince former players to donate.
"I think everybody that was contacted found a way to contribute," Hutchinson said. "Some guys probably overstepped their budget to do it.
"When guys go to the hospital and see the plaque, they want to be on that plaque."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.