Wheatley reflects before Michigan Sports HOF induction
6:29 PM, Feb 15, 2013
7:39 PM, Feb 15, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Tyrone Wheatley, who starred as a running back at University of Michigan from 1991-1994, is one of several big names that will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, Feb. 18 in Detroit.
Some of Wheatley's most notable achievements were being named the 1993 Rose Bowl most valuable player after his bowl-game record of 235 yards rushing and three touchdowns in Michigan's win over Washington in Pasadena, Calif. He was also the 1992 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Wheatley, a New York Giants' first-round pick in the 1995 draft, was an All-American and Big Ten champ in the 110-meter hurdles. Wheatley spent four seasons with New York and six with Oakland, where he made an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Raiders against Tampa Bay in San Diego.
The running backs coach of the Buffalo Bills says he wants a little credit for Desmond Howard winning the Heisman trophy in 1991.
"As a freshman I was a kickoff returner, punt returner and [going up against] Boston College I muffed a couple of punts," said Wheatley. "And as you know, coach [Gary O.] Moeller said, 'hey, get the rookie out of there. Desmond goes in.' And now he's returning [punts]. I'm responsible for that so Desmond ... you can thank me."