The last time Michigan played for the NCAA men's basketball title, things didn't end well. Down by two in the 1993 championship game, Chris Webber called a timeout. But the Wolverines had no timeouts left. Webber's mistake resulted in a technical foul that clinched the title for North Carolina. A few days later, he received this letter from President Clinton.
I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the TV during the championship game.
I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and disappointment of what happened.
Still, for whatever it's worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know. I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don't let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished.
You have a great future. Hang in there.
Webber was the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft later that spring and earned over $200 million in a productive pro career. Webber is in the Georgia Dome watching the game tonight.