Max Bredeson on his journey to Michigan football


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh has a history of elevating walk-ons, and one of those players finally got his chance on Saturday as Michigan football took on Hawaii.

While tight end Max Bredeson got his first take in Week 1, when he saw his first taste of college football action, he got a bigger one in Week 2, when he rumbled for 56 yards and nearly scored a touchdown. As a legacy, it was a huge moment for second-year Wolverine, as he used to be in the stands watching his brother Ben – who was the starting left guard for four years – and his brother Jack at the ballpark.

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A former quarterback at Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead, Max Bredeson didn’t have the same opportunities as his older brothers. He didn’t arrive in Ann Arbor with much fanfare, being a highly regarded rookie. But when he saw Ben get recruited, he knew Michigan was his dream school.

“Kind of a weird road – only played like six high school games. And definitely Michigan was always my dream,” Bredeson said. “I had another favorite date out of high school for Ole Miss, and it was a COVID year so you really can’t visit anything. But obviously being here seeing Ben’s games, seeing Jack’s baseball games, knew Michigan very well. So yeah, I had chosen here, I fell in love with it and made a good choice.

Bredeson got the call, asking if he wanted to convert to a QB tight end, and for him, it was a no-brainer. Having seen his brothers play in Ann Arbor, there was nowhere else he would rather go. It was an easy choice, even as a walk-on.

“You could say that,” Bredeson said. “I definitely fell in love with them when they were both here. As soon as I had the chance to come here, I fell in love with it and grabbed it.

As for the take, Bredeson didn’t really let the moment sink in until after the game. His brothers weren’t there, but the rest of his family was. He received calls from Jack and Ben afterwards, congratulating him. But once the clock hit zero, having a great game that thrilled the fans finally resonated, and he thought back to those times when he used to cheer on his brother from the stands.

“It was something special. It was really cool,” Bredeson said. “I watched some of the games here. In the family section – I just remember sitting there watching it, so it was really special – but you don’t really realize that until after the game, you’re still pretty focused.

“But after, once I saw my family, it was like a cool moment for all of us. Ben called me, Jack called me, so definitely a cool moment for the family.

When calling Ben after the game, the former Michigan offensive lineman joked that his name was never announced by stadium announcer Carl Grapentine, given that he was not not a skill position player.

Young Bredeson, of course, hopes he’ll keep hearing his name every week from now on.


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