Tom Brady to attend UM Signing Day event

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
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​Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Super Bowl MVP, has joined the growing list of celebrities taking part in Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event Wednesday, the first day of the national football signing period.

Michigan is partnering with the Players' Tribune and Carhartt for the two-hour signing day event beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hill Auditorium.

Derek Jeter, the retired Yankees standout and founder of the Player’s Tribune, which publishes first-person stories from athletes, also will attend. Michigan on Sunday announced the additions of Brady and Jeter to the Signing Day lineup.

This is a rare visit to Michigan for Brady. He spoke to the Michigan football team during preseason camp in 2013 when the Patriots were in Detroit to face the Lions in a preseason game, and he also attended a 10-year reunion of the 1997 national championship team.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his celebrity friends will introduce those who sign National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan.

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It is an invitation-only event that also is intended to raise awareness for the ChadTough Foundation, which was created to honor Chad Carr, the son of Tammi and Jason Carr. Chad Carr, the grandson of longtime Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and former Michigan All-American Tom Curtis, was 5 years old when he died in November from an inoperable brain tumor.

Among the other celebrities who will attend the signing day event are former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, pro wrestler Ric Flair, former NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski, former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, and former Wolverines Denard Robinson, Jon Jansen and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.

For those who can’t attend the event, it will be live-streamed on the Players’ Tribune website.