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Inspiration for ‘Titans’ visits Michigan practice

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Herman Boone shakes hands with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan's practice Tuesday.

Miami – Herman Boone, the high school coach who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie "Remember the Titans," was among the visitors at Michigan's Orange Bowl practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Also attending practice at Barry University were former Michigan receiver great Anthony Carter and kicker Garrett Rivas.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh greeted Boone, 81, during a brief break in practice. Boone coached T.C. Williams High in Virginia, where two area schools -- one white, one black -- integrated under Boone's watch in 1971.

Harbaugh referenced "Remember the Titans" last spring when he took the team to IMG Academy for practice during spring break.

Asked then why he decided on the trip, Harbaugh said it was a team-bonding experience and a chance to work outside. He referenced the movie. It depicts Boone taking his players away from town to bond.

“You ever seen the movie ‘Remember The Titans?’” he asked reporters. “Check that out. Take a look at that. Team-building, development, getting to know each other better.”


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