Michigan Stadium before The Game, November 2021. Photo by Andy Miller.

The last time I rushed the field at Michigan Stadium was in 1997. Charles Woodson had just shut down David Boston en route to a victory over Ohio State. When The Game ended, Michigan secured its spot in the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champs with a shot at a national championship.

I was a bright-eyed 17-year-old kid back then and a diehard Michigan fan who resided an hour north of Ann Arbor. When a guy walked into the grocery store…