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November 18, 2006Bo Schembechler's 1983 address to his team, courtesy of WJBK TV.
Bo Audio, 1983
"We want the Big Ten championship, and we're going to win it as a team. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players through the country and in this conference, but there's going to be one team that plays solely as a team. No man is more important than the team, no coach is more important than the team. The team, the team, the team!
"If we think that way - all of us - everything you do, take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here. You will never play for a team again. You'll play for a contract, you'll play for this, you'll play for that. You'll play for everything except the team. Think what a great thing it is to be part of something that is the team!
"We're going to win it. We're going to win the championship again because we're going to play as a team. Better than anybody else in this conference, we're going to play together as a team. We're going to believe in each other, were not going to criticize each other, we're not going to talk about each other. We're going to encourage each other!
"When we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it's going to be Michigan again.