Michigan football players, Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon, were willing to share Nat King Cole’s legacy with their own rendition of L-O-V-E. A wonderful moment during a live BTN interview with Mike Hall; at first Gardner was too shy to sing with best friend Jeremy Gallon. Both young men play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Football, (NCAAF), for the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
During the interview, Hall asked Gallon about his penchant for singing. Jeremy was reticent to perform for the cameras, but Devin told the interviewer that Gallon liked to sing all the time. So much so, that Jeremy wasn’t sure what was up with his friend’s love of singing. Mr. Hall asked the two Michigan football, (offensive), players when they started to feel good about their yardage and stats during the game.
Jeremy said that when they won the game he felt happy about it, and that he didn’t take much stock in yards and stats while he was in the midst of the competition. After the two players answered questions about their thoughts on how they won the game with Indiana on October 19th, Hall let Jeremy know he had a chance to sing his favorite song with his best buddy.
Michigan football’s quarterback, Devin Gardner, suggested they sing together. “What song?” Gallon asked Devin. After a moments thought, Devin suggested the L-O-V-E song.
With a grin, Gallon began to sing, and at the end of the first phrase, Jeremy paused to let Gardner pipe in the next lyrical phrase. The boys showed a touching and genuine side of a player’s personality, which too often demonstrates itself in aggressive and childlike behavior. The camaraderie between the Michigan football teammates was clear to all who witnessed the duet. The song ended when the last phrase was forgotten by both Gallon and Gardner. They giggled and Gallon made the comment that “maybe we shouldn’t have done that.”
To those who need a breeze of fresh air to blow through all the bad things about college football – corruption in recruiting practices, misbehavior or crimes of individual football players, and a coach-led molestation scandal – it is the refreshing waft of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E that will make you forget.
Gardner and Gallon showed true team spirit and humility when, in answer to “who played the best game that day?”, each young man pointed at the other and said, “He did.” Gallon went on to say that he just threw the ball and that Gardner was the real hero of the game. He also pointed out the attributes of other offense players in the game against Indiana.
Jeremy Gallon and Devin Gardner are two Michigan Wolverine football players who truly possess the spirit of Nat King Cole’s legacy: “L” is for the way you look at me, “O” is for the only one I see, “V” is very, very extraordinary, “E” is…Oh, I forgot the words!” Thanks for the memories boys. Smooth jazz goes a long way to help your Michigan fans witness your authenticity and your gratitude for your fellow teammates. That is what is great about Michigan football: sharing the lasting legacy of Nat King Cole’s songs.
By Lisa M Pickering
Detroit Free Press, Bleacher Report,