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Charles Woodson is a finalist on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot

In Woodson’s first chance at being eligible for the CFB Hall of Fame ballot, he ends up already being a finalist

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

When you look back at all of the great players that have come through the University of Michigan’s football program, Charles Woodson’s name is one of the first to come to mind.

The former Wolverine is now eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame — and he is on the ballot. It was announced to the public on Thursday.

To be able to have this chance to be on a ballot, the player needs to be retired from professional football, have received a first-team All-American honors from a "selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA,” and be 10 full seasons removed from being a college athlete.

Woodson, the former Heisman Trophy winner, retired from the NFL in 2015 as an Oakland Raider. His final season with Michigan was in 1997, which was the unbeaten team that won the national championship.

Woodson played for 17 years in the NFL before retiring. He was drafted by the Raiders, traded to Green Bay in 2006, and then went back to the Raiders in 2015 to finish his playing career.

Woodson isn't alone however, as he is joined by Rick Leach who was a former All-American quarterback and Jumbo Elliot who was an All-American offensive lineman.

The announcement of the 2018 Hall of Fame class will be made Jan. 8, 2018 in Atlanta. The class will be inducted in December of 2018.