Michigan Athletics Announces Hall of Honor Class

Sept. 27, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon announced Saturday (Sept. 27) the Hall of Honor class consisting of three distinguished alumni: softball player Traci Conrad, football player John "Jumbo" Elliott, and men's cross country and track standout Kevin Sullivan. The three individuals will be recognized at halftime of today's Michigan-Minnesota football game and will be honored at a banquet in February 2015.

"Traci, John and Kevin are elite student-athlete alumni who have achieved at the highest level during their Michigan and post-graduate endeavors," said Brandon, U-M's Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "We are so proud of their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time representing the block M. We look forward to their induction into the Hall of Honor later this academic year."

The official announcement came at halftime of the today's football game against Minnesota. The induction ceremony will take place in mid-February. An interactive area inside Crisler Center highlights the careers of the 208-plus members of the Hall of Honor.

Traci Conrad earned Big Ten yearly honors in three of her four seasons, winning Freshman of the Year (1996) before capping her career with back-to-back Player of the Year awards (1998, '99). She was the first player to earn two Big Ten batting titles (1998, '99) and set a league record in career hits (345). The first baseman earned All-America citations in each of her final three seasons and was named a 1999 Honda Award finalist. She ended her collegiate career with Michigan's all-time records in six offensive categories, including hits, games played (263), runs (223) and batting average (.389).

A sport management major, Conrad twice earned GTE Academic All-America nods (1998, '99) and is the only U-M player to earn multiple All-America honors in both softball and academics. Conrad was a three-time Academic All-Region first team selection (1997-99) and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades each of her final three seasons.

John "Jumbo" Elliott was a two-time All-American and is regarded as one of the top offensive linemen ever to don the winged helmet. Elliott started a then-school record 44 games for an offensive linemen, a mark that ranks sixth for the position group. He was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection and was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award as senior. Elliott graduated from Michigan with a bachelor's degree in education in 1987.

After Michigan, Elliott was a second round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played 14 years in the NFL, eight seasons with the Giants and another six seasons with the New York Jets. He helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher during 13 of his 14 NFL seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993. Elliott was a starter on the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV and was selected to the organization's 75th anniversary all-time team.

Kevin Sullivan, first-year Michigan men's cross country coach and track and field assistant coach, is the most decorated runner in school history with 16 Big Ten championships and 14 NCAA All-American honors. He won four NCAA titles, claiming top honors in the mile (1995 and 1998) and the distance medley relay (1995) during the indoor season, and the 1500m run at the 1995 outdoor championships. Sullivan was a nine-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earning the honor each of his four years in cross country, three times indoors and twice outdoors. In cross country, Sullivan was a four-time NCAA All-American (1993-95, 1997), four-time NCAA regional champion, four-time Big Ten champion, four-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and a four-time all-conference selection. He was also the 1993 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Sullivan graduated from Michigan in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In the classroom, he was a seven-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was the 1998 Spring At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. Sullivan was a recipient of the 1998 NCAA Top VIII Award. He was Michigan's male recipient of the 1998 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor.

After concluding his Michigan career, Sullivan was a three-time Olympian for Canada, competing in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games. He placed fifth in the 1500m run at the 2000 Olympics and is Canada's record-holder in three events: 1500m (3:31.71), mile (3:50.26) and 3000m (7:41.61). Sullivan was one of the world's top competitors in the 1500m run for nearly a decade, winning a silver medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 2001 Goodwill Games, and earning the bronze medal in the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final. Overall, he participated in 22 World Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

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.

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.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423