Twitter: Reaction to Devin Gardner wearing No. 98

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Ever see a quarterback wear No. 98? No, of course, you haven’t. Until now, that is. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner rocked the number typically reserved for defensive lineman vs. Notre Dame on Saturday night, and he will do so for the rest of his career. Gardner, who used to wear No. 12, will wear No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, Michigan’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

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Michigan honors its legends by having select current players wear their numbers, in addition to a Michigan Football Legend patch over the left upper chest. It’s not a new practice, as Desmond Howard’s No. 21 has been worn by a few receivers, including Jeremy Gallon this season.

But a quarterback donning No. 98 takes some getting used to. Don’t believe me? Check out some of these tweets.

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Purple Mike on 9/8/2013 @ 10:38am EDT Said:

So — is the number 98 just semi-retired?

hadley smith on 9/9/2013 @ 9:33am EDT Said:

From what I read, Michigan doesn’t retire numbers anymore. So, expect to see for example Gerald Ford’s num worn by somebody as well as some of the other great Michigan players that played. But I’m sure they’ll only give out those numbers to players worthy of wearing it. I kinda have mixed feelings about it because they said at one point those numbers like harmon ford’s and others would be perm. retired. So much for that happening.