The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot is officially out and three former Michigan Wolverines can find their names on the list for the prestigious award. Offensive Lineman Jumbo Elliott, Offensive Lineman Steve Hutchinson, and Defensive Lineman Mark Messner all have the chance to solidify themselves as legends within the college football game.
Former @UMichFootball OT @JumboElliott76, OL @HutchSevenSix and DT Mark Messner among impressive names on 2020 @cfbhall Ballot!— Football Foundation (@NFFNetwork) June 3, 2019
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Elliott was a two-time All-American and a two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection wearing the winged helmet. He graduated in 1987 and was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 2015. He was a member of the Wolverines roster from 1983-1987.
He was then drafted in the second-round of the 1988 draft and had a 14-season career with the New York Giants and New York Jets. He won a Super Bowl XXV with the Giants.
Steve Hutchinson graduated as a fifth-year senior in 2000 after starting for four seasons in the maize and blue from 1996-2000. He made 45 starts in his Michigan career and gave up zero sacks in his junior and senior seasons. Hutchinson was named to the All-Big Ten First Team all four years that he was a starter. He was also the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and a two-time All-American. Hutchinson was a member of the 1997 National Championship team.
The talented offensive lineman was drafted in the first-round of the 2001 NFL Draft and was selected by the Seahawks. He played for twelve seasons with the Seahawks, Vikings, and Titans. He was a five-time All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowler in his professional career.
Last, but certainly not least is Mark Messner. Messner was a Wolverine from 1984-1989 after redshirting his freshman season. Like Hutchinson, Messner was an All-Big Ten First team player in all four years that he started at Michigan. They are the only two players in program history to accomplish this feat.
Messner still holds the record for the most tackles-for-loss in a season (70) and career (376). He had five sacks against Northwestern in October of ‘87; a Michigan record. He also holds the record for the most career sacks with 36.
Messner was also drafted into the NFL when he went to the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth-round of the 1989 draft. He appeared in just three games in the 1989 season before suffering a serious knee-injury in the NFC Championship, ending his career.
Messner was elected into the Michigan Hall of Honor in 2014.