Talk about the Presidential treatment.
For one member of the 2012 University of Michigan football team, that's exactly what they'll be getting this fall, honoring former U.S. President Gerald Ford by donning his No. 48 jersey for the season.
When Michigan made a decision to hang up the last of its five retired uniforms in 1994, Ford's No. 48 was among the immortalized numbers.
Ford is one of just five former U.S. Presidents to play college football --- the others were Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon -- and was named team MVP as a linebacker in 1934.
For 18 years, the honored Wolverines numbers stayed retired, hanging in Schembechler Hall and trapped in a numerical quarantine. That quarantine will be lifted for the 2012 season, when the university starts putting retired numbers into circulation as a designated "Michigan Football Legend."
"That is something we're doing a lot of thinking about, and we're doing that," Michigan coach Brady Hoke sa...