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Trio of Wolverines Listed on College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

Mark Messner, Rob Lytle and Jumbo Elliott saw their names listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot.

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The National Football Foundation announced the list of candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. Three former Michigan football players saw their names featured on the ballot.

Former defense end Mark Messner, running back Rob Lytle and former offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott are featured in a list with the likes of "Rocket" Ismail, Keyshawn Johnson and Randall Cunningham.

Messner, a two-time All-American at Michigan was a dominant defensive end from 1985-1988. He earned All-Big Ten honors in each of his four seasons playing. He and Steve Hutchinson are the only two Michigan players to do so in their careers. Messner also currently holds the Michigan record for tackles for loss (376) and sacks (36) in a career.

Messner was inducted into the Michigan hall of honor earlier this year.

Lytle, who is making an appearance on the ballot for the third consecutive year, was a consensus All-American his senior year at Michigan in 1976. He also finished third in the Heisman balloting that year behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. At one time, Lytle held the Michigan record for most rushing yards in a career with 3,307 yards -- which was broken five years later by Butch Woolfolk -- and now currently sits seventh on the all-time rushing leader list.

Also having a lengthy career with the Denver Broncos, he holds the honor of being the first player to score a touchdown in the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl. Lytle passed away in 2010.

Elliott, who is also appearing on the ballot for the third consecutive year, is known for more than a dramatic touchdown -- his only reception of his career -- in a Monday Night Football game during his professional days.

A two-time All-American and a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, he was a pivotal member of the offensive line that lead the way for former running back Jamie Morris to set the Michigan rushing record that went on to stand for 14 years. The 1986 Michigan offense was explosive, putting up school records in yardage in a single season (5,396) and first downs in a single season (286.) Elliott was also a two-time All-Big Ten honoree.

He left Michigan as the school record holder for consecutive starts for an offensive lineman.

Often regarded as the first franchise player in New York Giants history, Elliott had a career which included 13 seasons in New York and eventually becoming a Super Bowl Champion in 1990.

To be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, players must be at least 10 years removed from their final collegiate game and earned at least one First Team All-American honor by a major NCAA-recognized outlet. The player cannot be playing professional football currently.

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