As Alex Rodriguez Joins Derek Jeter and Tom Brady’s Endearing Michigan Bond, Captain Has Two Words for His Favorite College Team

Published 10/23/2023, 9:53 AM EDT

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When it comes to sporting legends, names like Derek Jeter and Tom Brady come to mind instantly. Both stalwarts have left a permanent mark in their respective sports and inspired many. But, what if there was a connection that bonded the two deeper than their titles of legend? Precisely that, the former New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and arguably, the greatest NFL quarterback, Tom Brady, both attended the University of Michigan.

Their connection with the prestigious institution has served as a source of pride for the folks at UMich. And now, a new member seems to have entered their club with his unique link to the university. This time around, it’s none other than another Yankees legend, Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod’s Michigan connection as Derek Jeter goes ‘blue’


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Alex Rodriguez, or A-Rod, as he is popularly known, is leaving an entirely distinct kind of mark on Michigan than Derek Jeter and Tom Brady have. This impression is more familial in nature as it emerges from his deep-rooted connection to the University of Michigan, thanks to his daughter.

Natasha Rodriguez, A-Rod’s daughter, has started her undergraduate career and plans to graduate from the University of Michigan. Her acceptance into this prestigious university brings a new dimension to the connection between the three sports legends.

During the recent NCAA game where the Michigan Wolverines demolished the Michigan State Spartans 49-0, Jeter took to social media with a message that resonated with fans. As the Wolverines were doing well, Captain Clutch remarked, “Go Blue,” in a bid to show his everlasting support for the squad. It also revealed how Jeter, even after so many years, still hasn’t forgotten his alma mater. However, it is interesting to note that Jeter and Brady are far from the only legends to come out of UMich.

A Legacy of Legends


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Beyond just the Wolverines football team, the University of Michigan has a long history of producing athletic greats. Charles Woodson, a legendary NFL cornerback and Heisman Trophy winner, attended the University of Michigan, as did 11-season NFL veteran Desmond Howard.

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If that wasn’t impressive enough, elite swimmer Michael Phelps, the 28-time Olympic medalist and most decorated Olympian in history, is also a UMich alumnus. The contributions of these legendary figures to the university’s rich sporting past have helped establish its reputation as a center of athletic excellence.


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These famous athletes’ shared alma mater attests to the sheer impact and importance of college experience and the value they place on being good ambassadors for the University of Michigan. On top of that, the shared kinship by Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, and now Alex Rodriguez shows a more human side of competitive sports and how old connections can always be retained. The story of the University of Michigan keeps evolving, and each of these evolution further enriches the institution’s long and illustrious past.

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Paaritosh Dutt is an author for Major League Baseball at EssentiallySports. He had always been intrigued by American culture, particularly its television shows. As the years went by, his interest in American culture only grew, and he began to follow American sports more closely.
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