NFL Player with the New York Giants, University of Michigan Football Standout and Starter with the 1997 National Champions Team, Flint Central Football Star
May 12, 2021
When Bo Schembechler took over at Michigan it was a program in crisis. Struggling to win. Failing to win titles. Failure to beat Ohio State. Sounds familiar to current Wolverine faithful, right? Well, Bo wasn’t having it. He was demanding. Off the chart demanding. So when players started falling off, unable to keep pace with the pace he was setting, he adopted the slogan “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions”. And so they were, winning multiple Big Ten championships. But the big one eluded them. No National Titles. In fact, the Wolverines hadn’t won a Natty since 1947, by the time a Flintstone named André Weathers assumed a starting position for the then Lloyd Carr led Maize and Blue grinders in 1997.
André Weathers was a music-loving kid, focused on academics when his dad, a teacher at Flint Central, encouraged him to give football a try. Weathers knew as much about the game as the average American knows about the sport of cricket. He didn’t even know who (or what) Notre Dame was!
But he knew he was willing to give it a try. So he went out for the Indians JV football team. The rest is Flint sports history.
Weathers helped lead the Flint Central varsity to a state Class A semi-final in 1993, leading one of the better teams in Flint area history, and a top ten team in Indian lore. From there he moved on to the University of Michigan, graduating from Atwood Stadium to the Big House, and 115,000 fans. In the Ohio State game that year, Weathers played a critical role in leading the Wolverines to victory. That victory led to a stellar performance and another win in the Rose Bowl, and a National Title.
The next move found him in the NFL with the New York Giants. Pretty heady stuff for the kid who had to be hauled out of band class and coerced in to abandoning his saxophone for a helmet. But in the end it was a pretty good trade. The music world's loss was the sports world's gain. And for Flint Central, Michigan, and Giant fans everywhere, they’re quite happy with that.
The details of his journey are laid out in a terrific chat with Fish in another great ‘Chronicle’!