Derek Jeter never wore the Maize and Blue as a player, but his ties to Michigan and the Wolverines go a long way back.
The Kalamazoo, Mich. native will be watching at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines open their 2016 campaign against Hawaii on Saturday. Jeter, who originally committed to play for Michigan before signing with the Yankees out of high school, spoke with 247 Sports about his Michigan spirit, which he says has never left him.
“Obviously I didn’t graduate from Michigan. I signed here to play baseball but was then drafted by New York, but in the offseason I came and attended classes here,” the 14-time All-Star said. “I’m the biggest Michigan fan out there.”
Jeter’s full interview, including a video, with 247 Sports can be found here.
Michigan certainly isn’t lacking any star power at the Big House on Saturday. Michael Jordan will also be in attendance and serve as the Wolverines honorary captain.