Before her final home game with the Colorado women's basketball team, back in 1994, Jamillah Lang walked onto the Coors Events Center floor and looked up into the stands to see whole lot of placards with the letter "J," honoring her great career.
Lang still hasn't forgotten how the CU community welcomed her and treated her more than 23 years ago.
"CU is kind of like a family to me," Lang said on Thursday night, as she returned to the Coors Events Center to be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.
Family was a common theme on Thursday, as Lang and nine other CU legends were honored as the newest class of hall of famers.
The 13th class includes Lang; football players Stan Brock, Chad Brown and Mark Haynes; skier Frank Brown; volleyball player Karrie (Downey) Larsen; men's basketball player Jay Humphries; cross country and track runner Jorge Torres; golf player/coach Les Fowler; and administrator Steve Hatchell.
It was a diverse class that brings the CU Hall of Fame total to 101 members, as well as the 1959 ski team.
"I think it's a great honor," said Haynes, who played for the Buffs from 1976-79. "We've had some great football players back here and to be recognized as one of the guys that have an opportunity to go in is just a tremendous honor."
Haynes and Brock were teammates from 1976-79 and first round NFL draft picks in 1980. They entered some select company in getting inducted Thursday, joining Dave Logan as the only CU hall of famers from coach Bill Mallory's tenure (1974-78).
"I think the coolest thing is that I got to go in with Mark," said Brock, who had his grandchildren join him on stage during his speech. "To have all of our other old teammates come back and join into it, it was a lot of fun."
Haynes and Brock led CU to three winning seasons. Haynes said he remembers the bad skin burns he got from the artificial turf at Folsom Field, but said, "Folsom, once it got rockin' it was a great home field advantage."
On Saturday, Haynes will attend just his second CU game since his graduation.
Larsen and her family, including her five children, were on hand and she recalled how special it was to be a Buff during the early 1990s.
"All of us had a sense of community and family when we were here," she said. "There was a purpose and there was a unity there. It was a special time and it's wonderful to remember that and to have some teammates here and think about those times."
One of the top volleyball players in CU history, Larsen was literally speechless when athletic director Rick George called to tell her the news.
"He said, 'Are you still there?'" she said. "It's quite an honor, knowing the history of Colorado sports, the people that are in this class. I feel so honored and grateful."
Humphries, one of the greatest men's basketball players in CU history, joked that he had waited a long time to get the Hall of Fame call from George.
"I'm so happy to be here to be recognized for some of the accomplishments we did as a team and some of my individual accomplishments," said Humphries, who played from 1980-84.
Lang called her four years at CU "amazing" and said she still follows the Buffs in several sports. Torres and others talked about how CU, including teammates, coaches and the Boulder community, shaped them into the people they are today.
Chad Brown said it was humbling to go into the Hall of Fame, and couldn't have been more grateful to those around him on what was a special night for him and all the other inductees.
"Obviously the hall of fame comes typically long after you're done playing, and after you're done playing, you've got some life and some perspective on things," he said. "I think the hall of fame would be wasted on the youth, and it's great (now) because you have enough experience, enough perspective to be humbled and realize what a true honor it is and how many people were such a big part of you getting here.
"You are the one who gets to go into the hall of fame, but it's really all those hall of fame people that made it happen for you."