The Wolverine

April 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  michigan in the pros   michigan in the pros Jeff Backus And Steve Hutchinson Both Announce Retirements F By Chris Balas ormer Michigan standout and Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus was said to be leaning toward re‑ turning to the Detroit Lions for a 13th year. Instead, he officially an‑ nounced his retirement in early March, just days after former U‑M teammate Steve Hutchinson had made the same decision. Backus, a first-round selection by Detroit in 2001, set a franchise re‑ cord with 187 consecutive starts, a streak that finally ended last season on Thanksgiving Day against the Houston Texans. He had one year remaining on his contract. "It's something that was not un‑ expected," Lions president Tom Le‑ wand told The Detroit News. "We've Hutchinson started all 169 games he played during his 12-year NFL career, and he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All Pro. photo courtesy minnesota vikings

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