June 1, 2016
ANN ARBOR – For the fourth consecutive year, former Michigan standouts Jumbo Elliott and Mark Messner are both in the running to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Elliott, an offensive tackle, and Messner, a defensive tackle, were among 75 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Wednesday. Elliott has been on the ballot since 2012 and Messner since 2014. Former Michigan linebacker Erick Anderson, who joined the list last year, is not on the ballot for 2017.
Elliott, a two-time All-American, helped Michigan to a Big Ten title in 1986 while blocking for Jamie Morris, who rushed for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL, won a Super Bowl in 1990 with the N.Y. Giants and made the Pro Bowl in 1993.
Messner, a four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, was a unanimous All-American in 1988 and holds Michigan records for sacks in a game (five) and career (36) and career tackles for a loss (70). He was named the MVP of the 1985 Fiesta Bowl and played one season in the NFL.
In order to be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, players must have been a First Team All-American, 10 years removed from their final college season and not currently playing professionally.
Former Michigan running back Rob Lytle, who died in 2010, was the last Wolverine selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, as he named to the 2015 class. The 2017 class will be inducted on Dec. 5, 2017 in New York.