The cameras caught a lot of exciting game footage last fall when the Wolverines battled the Buckeyes. Mike Hart had an exceptionally spectacular game, carrying for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. However, during a commercial break, the cameras missed Mike Hart's most heroic moment - his selfless rescue of Snuggles, the beagle puppy who somehow wandered his way onto the field.
Hart and Patterson (a Buckeye defensive back) were both vying for Snuggles when they saw him sneak over the sideline. "I saw Patterson with a bloodthirsty look in his eyes. I knew that if I didn't save that dog, he would be eaten alive on the spot. I couldn't let that happen," Hart remembered.
Hart dashed over to the dog, picked it up, and with the same grace and strength with which he carries the pigskin, he sprinted the cuddly canine over to safety. Unfortunately, neither the audience nor the media noticed the act of bravery.
When asked about the incident, Patterson remarked "Urrrrrrg! Me want eat doggie! Mike Hart is bad bad man! He take tasty doggie away!" Patterson was distracted when he saw a shiny piece of tin foil in the distance, and declined to comment further.
Had Michigan won that game, Hart would have been seen as a hero by millions of football fans all over the world. But on that fateful day, in one small puppy's eyes, the littlest running back was the biggest hero he could ever hope to see.