Michigan Wolverines: Rob Lytle

On Saturday, during halftime of the Michigan/U-Mass game, the Michigan Athletic Department announced that former running back Rob Lytle (1974-76) had been selected to Michigan's Athletic Hall of Honor.

Lytle, who passed away in 2010, was a first team All-American and Heisman finalist during his senior season. He finished his career as the Wolverines' leading rusher, though since has dropped out of the top five.

Lytle, along with former swimmer Gustavo Borges and former hockey player Brendan Morrison, will be inducted Feb. 16 when the Crisler Center is rededicated.

"They are deserving of induction into the U-M Athletics Hall of Honor, the highest athletic distinction that our athletic department bestows upon a former student-athlete or coach," Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon said in a press release. "We look forward to celebrating their athletic and professional endeavors later this academic year."

The Hall of Honor was set up in 1978 to "recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the tradition of Wolverine athletics and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan," according to a press release.
The National College Football Hall of Fame released its ballot for its next class Tuesday, and three former Michigan players and one former Wolverines assistant coach were on it.

Linebacker Erick Anderson (1988-91), offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott (1984-87) and running back Rob Lytle (1974-76) were among those eligible among players.

Anderson won the Butkus Award in 1991 and finished his career with 390 tackles, third all-time at Michigan. Elliott was a two-time first team All-American and a mainstay on the Michigan offensive line before playing with the New York Giants and Jets for over a decade. Lytle was an All-American in 1976, gained 3,307 yards and scored 26 touchdowns in his career. He left Michigan as its all-time rushing leader and is currently seventh all-time with the Wolverines.

Former Michigan assistant Bill McCartney is also on the ballot for coaches. After serving an assistant under Bo Schembechler from 1974-81, he was the head coach at Colorado from 1982 to 1994 and led the Buffaloes to the 1990 national championship.

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