vada murray http://michiganradio.org en Remembering Vada Murray http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-vada-murray <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4rPOiTOHjc</p><p>If you&rsquo;re not a Michigan football fan, you probably haven&rsquo;t heard of Vada Murray, but you might have seen his picture.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of the iconic images of Michigan football, along with Tom Harmon standing in his mud-soaked, torn-apart jersey, Ol&rsquo; 98, and Desmond Howard diving to catch a touchdown against Notre Dame -- two Heisman Trophy winners, winning big games.</p><p>But the photo I&rsquo;m talking about depicts Vada Murray and Tripp Welborne soaring skyward to block a field goal.</p><p>They were a kicker&rsquo;s nightmare, but even when they got a hand on the ball, it simply denied their opponent three points -- not the kind of thing that wins you a Heisman Trophy or an NFL contract.</p><p>They don&rsquo;t even keep records of blocked kicks.</p><p>But, over two decades later, something about that photo still resonates, perhaps because it captures their effort, their intensity, their passion &ndash; all of it spent just to give their teammates a slightly better chance for success. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:03:23 +0000 John U. Bacon 1979 at http://michiganradio.org