Michigan holds one of its final spring practices Saturday, but the most meaningful physical activity players engage in that day will take play away from the football field.
Wolverines football players and members of the Michigan women's swimming & diving team will participate in Relay for Life, a 24-hour walking event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. The event, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, takes on added meaning for the football team, as former Michigan kicker Phil Brabbs is battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow.
While Michigan's players walk along the track at Palmer Field, Brabbs, 29, will undergo the first of two stem-cell transplants Saturday in an effort to push the cancer into remission. For more on Brabbs' story, click here and here and here.
The football team is trying to raise $35,000 in the event and is auctioning several items on eBay, including coffee with former football coach Lloyd Carr during the weekend of the spring game.
I spoke with graduating Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko in Ann Arbor this week, and he said the response from the team has been strong. Players will participate in the event following Saturday's practice.