Jon Jansen was a part of Michigan’s last national championship football team. Jalen Rose was a part of the most memorable group of basketball players ever to suit up for the Wolverines. They’re both going into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Jansen and Rose are part of an eight-member 2017 class unveiled Tuesday night that includes columnist and author Mitch Albom, Oakland basketball coach Greg Kampe, former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, former Pistons forward Dennis Rodman and Michigan State alums Dean Look and Andre Rison. The class was selected through a group of veteran sports journalists, select college and professional sports administrators, MSHOF members, the MSHOF Board of Directors, and also a public online vote.
“The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class is made up of household names and memorable contributors from the world of sports that have achieved prominence and represented their teams, schools and the State of Michigan,” said Scott Lesher, MSHOF chairman. “This class’ prominence will be on full display at our annual Induction Event on Friday, Sept. 15, when it will be formally enshrined.”
The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1955, a class that included legendary Michigan football player and coach Fielding Yost. Other Michigan athletes, coaches and administrators in the MSHOF include President Gerald R. Ford, Bo Schembechler, Red Berensen, Desmond Howard, Barry Larkin, and Lloyd Carr. Jansen, now the analyst for Michigan football radio broadcasts, joins play-by-play partner Jim Brandstatter in the MSHOF.
The MSHOF will also honor Dorene Ingalls, Dawn Riley, Ryan Shay, and the 1983 USFL champion Michigan Panthers. The ceremony will be held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15. Tickets are $25.
Position: Offensive tackle
Years at Michigan: 1994-98
The Clawson, Mich., native started 50 straight games at right tackle, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and first-team All-American as a senior in 1998. The 1997 Wolverines went 12-0, beat Washington State in the Rose Bowl, and were named national champions by The Associated Press. Jansen played 10 seasons with Washington after the Redskins drafted him in the second round in 1999, then closed out his NFL career in 2009 with Detroit. He started 125 of the 137 games he played in his career.
Position: Point guard
Years at Michigan: 1991-94
Rose came to Michigan from Detroit as part of the famed Fab 5 freshman class along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Michigan went to back-to-back NCAA championship games in 1992 and ’93 with the group, although those appearances were later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Rose ended his career with 1,788 points, 477 rebounds, 401 assists and 119 steals in three seasons. Denver picked Rose in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft — 13th overall — and he played 13 seasons with six different organizations in his career, averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists.