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L10E- New Student Edition - The Michigan Daily - Wedresday, Septeie-5, 2001

Henson leaves behind a legacy

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By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Editor
For the first time in the history of the Best of Ann
Arbor, the male athlete of the year was awarded to a
minor league baseball player - Drew Henson, who
spent most of last season with the AA Norwich Naviga-
tors.
The award is handed out annually and voted on by
readers of the Michigan Daily.
It seems this year's voters were impressed by Henson's
.287 batting average, seven homeruns and 39 RBIs. The
thirdbaseman was selected for last year's Eastern League
All-Star game.
"Drew Henson is the best, THE best minor league
baseball player," LS&A junior Joe Pawlick said. "He has
the potential to be as good as Dean Palmer."
Henson was traded from Norwich to the Chattanooga
Lookouts on July 12 for major league considerations.
Also, the Norwich Navigators are a farm team of the
New York Yankees, a major league baseball team in the
Bronx owned by Ohio State graduate and booster-
George Steinbrenner.
In football, Ohio State lost to Michigan in Columbus,
this year, 38-26,where Henson was coincidentally quar-
terbacking the Michigan squad.
Henson also played quarterback for Michigan during>
other games this year ... but not anymore, because the
Yankees (or was it Norwich?) reacquired Henson and
paid him millions and millions of dollars not to beat
Ohio State anymore.

"I feel another year in college will get me closer to my
degree and help further my development as a quarter-
back," Henson said in a Michigan Athletic Department
press release Jan. 7, apparently unaware that his word is
his bond.
On March 24, Henson changed his tune to the truth,
and revealed he was leaving Michigan for the Yankees:
"I knew that I would eventually need to make a choice
between two sports that I love."
Henson made that statement from his hometown of
Brighton, where his mom coaches women's basketball at
the local high school. Carol, the name that Drew's mom
goes by, was suspended from her coaching position in
October of 2000 for supplying her players with multivit-
amin. Scientists have not been able to conclude that
Henson's bad decision to drop football is a result of bad
genes.
Nonetheless, the legions of Michigan football fans are
still behind Henson.
"As a Michigan fan, I feel violated," LS&A junior
Chris Bowman said when he heard the traitor/quitter was
given the accolade. "Unless 'Best of Ann Arbor' actually
stands for 'biggest bounty-hunting scumbuckets in
town', this is the biggest atrocity in the history of ballot-
casting."
The voters rallying behind Henson - despite his
choice to ditch Michigan - and making him Athlete of
the Year is not entirely unprecedented - Benedict
Arnold was voted American patriot of the year in 1780
and Judas was voted man of the century from 0-100 A.D
in the Bible.

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DAILY SPORTS.
YOU WANT US
ON THAT WALL,
YOU NEED US ON
THAT WALL.
COME TO THE
MASS MEETINGS
THIS SEPTEMBER.

FILE PHOTO
Drew Henson help lead the Wolverines to victory in the Citrus Bowl, but his early
departure leaves many of his expectations unrealized.

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