Michigan: Antonio Gates
This one came down to a pair of Detroit’s finest in Jerome Bettis and Antonio Gates. In the end, there are a few more running backs that did what Bettis did and far fewer tight ends that made the kind of impact on the game that Gates did.
After playing basketball, not football, in college and going undrafted, Gates became one of the best tight ends of all-time. He played 16 seasons, all with the same team, and scored more receiving touchdowns than any other tight end in league history. Gates went to eight consecutive Pro Bowls and was part of the 2000s All-Decade Team, accolades that put him a little ahead of Bettis.
Runners Up: Jerome Bettis, Paul Krause, Jake Long