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Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

Trio of ex-Michigan football players on 2012 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

By Nick Baumgardner

Three former Michigan football players are on the ballot for the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame.

The ballot, released by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday, includes former Wolverine linebacker Erick Anderson, former offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott and former running back Rob Lytle.

The inductees for the 2012 class will be announced May 15.

Anderson played linebacker at Michigan from 1988-91, totaling 428 tackles over four seasons. He's third on Michigan's all-time career tackles list, behind Ron Simpkins and Jarrett Irons. He won the Butkus Award in 1991.

After leaving Michigan in 1991, Anderson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 1992 NFL Draft.

Elliott (1984-87) wrapped up his Michigan career as an All-American offensive tackle in 1987, a stint that included a Big Ten title in 1986. Elliott was then drafted by the New York Giants, and was part of the Super Bowl XXV championship club.

Elliott made one Pro Bowl (1993) and finished his career with the New York Jets.

Lytle (1973-76) is eighth all-time on the school's all-time rushing list with 3,317 career yards. Lytle's 1,469-yard season in 1976 is the seventh-best single-season rushing performance in Michigan history, and his 14 touchdowns that year rank eighth all-time.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named to a First Team All-America list at one point during their career. In addition, players must have played their final collegiate game at least 10 years prior to nomination, and they cannot be current members of a professional roster.

The 2012 class will be inducted and enshrined simultaneously July 20-21 in South Bend, Ind.

The last Michigan player inducted into the hall of fame was Desmond Howard in 2010. Former coach Lloyd Carr was inducted in 2011.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Terry Star21

Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

Great story, fantastic Michigan Men...... Great and deserving tribute to Rob Lytle by MRunner...... MgoBlueForTiM.........Michigan Men who stayed and became champions


Wed, Feb 29, 2012 : 3:31 a.m.

Outstanding Wolverines, all. Rob had tremendous acceleration and power through the line. Erick was an outstanding college linebacker. Good luck to all three.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 10 p.m.

Very glad to see Rob Lytle will be on the ballot for the College Football HOF. RIP Rob Lytle.