Michigan football has nine former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 11 members total that attended the University.
If you search the number of Pro Football Hall of Famers by school, you’ll see that Michigan football is ranked third behind Notre Dame and USC.
The Fighting Irish and Trojans each have 14. Michigan football has 11, but that number is a little misleading because only nine of the inductees are former Michigan football players.
For instance, one of the people Michigan football gets credit for is George Allen, who was inducted due to his coaching efforts with the Washington Redskins. Another Wolverine in the Hall of Fame is (late) Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr.
In terms of former Michigan football players who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on their NFL player career, there are nine, one less than Ohio State which has 10.
Pittsburgh also has 10 former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so Michigan football actually has the fifth-highest total of former players elected, and here are they ranked by their date of induction.
Michigan football Pro Hall of Fame inductee No. 1: Elroy Hirsch (1968)
“Crazylegs” Hirsch changed the game and had 1,495 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions way back in 1951.
Hirsch was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as a two-time First-Team All-Pro. He was part of a Los Angeles Rams offense with Norm Van Brocklin that was revolutionary in the way it threw the football and he was also the first former Michigan football player elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The numbers look diminished as time has gone on because the forward pass has evolved much more since the 1950s. However, Hirsch had six seasons among the NFL’s top 10 in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards, as well as four in the league’s top 10 in terms of receptions.