Feb. 16, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department held the 25th induction ceremony for the Hall of Honor on Saturday night (Feb. 16) on the Lozier-Tauber Court at the William Davidson Player Development Center. U-M alumna Dana Jacobson emceed the ceremony honoring swimmer Gustavo Borges (1992-95), football standout Rob Lytle (1974-76) and ice hockey player Brendan Morrison (1994-97). The trio elevated this elite group of Hall of Honor honorees to 202 inductees.
A video featuring each recipient was shown prior to an interview with Jacobson. Borges and Morrison talked about their time at Michigan, their favorite places in Ann Arbor and their professional careers in athletics. Inducted posthumously, Lytle was represented by his son Kelly and former teammates Jerry Zuver (football) and Greg Meyer (track). The evening ended with director of athletics Dave Brandon presenting each of the inductees with their crystal Hall of Honor award.
The U-M Athletics Hall of Honor was established 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. This is the highest honor that a former student-athlete can receive from Michigan Athletics.
Those student-athletes inducted into the Hall of Honor have met the following criteria, listed in order of importance: University of Michigan graduate; NCAA champion or national championship team member; All-American; national or conference player of the year; individual or team Big Ten champion; all-conference award recipient; U-M, Big Ten, NCAA, World, US or Olympic record holder; U-M team captain; Olympic team member or medalist.
The following criteria will be considered when selecting coaches: National Coach of the Year; NCAA team championship; coach of NCAA individual champions; previous induction into specific sport hall of fame.
Borges won 10 NCAA event titles (eight individuals, two relays) and claimed NCAA All-America honors 24 times during his career. He helped lead the men's swimming and diving team to the 1995 NCAA team championship and four straight Big Ten team championships. Borges was a 20-time Big Ten champion. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in spring 2012. Borges competed in four Olympic Games for Brazil, winning four medals (two silver, two bronze), which is tied for the most earned by any Michigan athlete.
Lytle was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Honor after passing away in November 2010. A third-place finisher in the balloting for the 1976 Heisman Trophy, Lytle set a then-Michigan record with 1,469 rushing yards during the 1976 season. Lytle earned All-America first team honors, was named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award winner as the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player and received All-Big Ten first team accolades in 1976. He finished his career as Michigan's all-time leading rusher (currently listed seventh). Lytle played seven seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1977-83), including an appearance in Super Bowl XII. Lytle was represented by his widow Tracy, son Kelly and daughter Erin.
A three-time All-American and the 1997 Hobey Baker Award winner, Morrison led Michigan to the 1996 NCAA championship, the program's first national title since the 1963-64 season. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 Frozen Four. Morrison was a two-time CCHA Player of the Year and three-time All-CCHA first team selection. Morrison helped the Wolverines claim four straight CCHA regular-season titles and three tournament crowns. He concluded his Michigan career with a school-record 284 points.
Borges, Lytle and Morrison will be recognized during halftime of the men's basketball game against Penn State tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 17) at noon.