2016 College Football Hall of Fame class

Players

Marlin Briscoe, QB, Nebraska Omaha (1964-67)

Derrick Brooks, LB, Florida State (1991-94)

Tom Cousineau, LB, Ohio State (1975-78)

Randall Cunningham, P/QB, UNLV (1982-84)

Troy Davis, TB, Iowa State (1994-96)

William Fuller, DT, North Carolina (1981-83)

Bert Jones, QB, LSU (1970-72)

Tim Krumrie, DL, Wisconsin (1979-82)

Pat McInally, TE, Harvard (1972-74)

Herb Orvis, DE, Colorado (1969-71)

Bill Royce, LB, Ashland, Ohio (1990-93)

Mike Utley, OG, Washington State (1985-88)

Scott Woerner, DB, Georgia (1977-80)

Rod Woodson, DB, Purdue (1983-86)

Coaches

Bill Bowes, New Hampshire (1972-98)

Frank Girardi, Lycoming, Pa. (1972-2007)

It's been a long time since Herb Orvis played his last football game, but nearly four decades after hanging up his cleats, he can still remember the sound of the band, the fans in the stands and the whistle that signals the start of the game.

"When the whistle blows, it's a real exciting moment," he said.

Friday was another exciting moment for the former Colorado star, as he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

"It was a total surprise today," Orvis, 69, said in a phone interview from his Goodyear, Ariz., home. "To receive something like this late in life, you realize you have contributed and it reminds you of the other players that have contributed and probably should deserve this award."


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The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced the 2016 class Friday, which includes 14 players and two coaches.

Orvis, a defensive lineman at CU from 1969 to '71, becomes the eighth former Buff, including coach Bill McCartney, to earn election to the Hall. Along with McCartney, who was elected in 2013, Orvis joins Byron White (inducted in 1952), Joe Romig (1984), Dick Anderson (1993), Bobby Anderson (2006), Alfred Williams (2010) and Jon Wooten (2012).

Orvis was a 1971 All-American and twice earned first-team All-Big Eight honors. He was named to the 1970s All-Big Eight Decade team.

Orvis registered 20 sacks and 32 tackles for loss during his career. He helped CU finish No. 3 in the country in 1971. That year, he racked up 46 tackles and three sacks.

"Just to be included with this (CU) team, I thought was the epicenter of my whole game," he said. "I just felt like Colorado was the right place and we had so many great players — Bobby Anderson, Dick Anderson, Bill Brundige — and fine coaches.

"When I put that uniform on, silver and gold, it was something. I can't near live up to the reputation that precedes me, but we tried our best and I think we enjoyed it quite a bit."

In 1972, Orvis was a first-round pick (16th overall) in the NFL draft, taken by the Detroit Lions. He played in the NFL from 1972-81 with Detroit and the Baltimore Colts.

Orvis was inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 30, 2014. In 1989, he was named to CU's All-Century team, which celebrated the first 100 years of Buffaloes' football.

On Dec. 8, Orvis and the rest of the class will be inducted at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

"To be picked for this honor, it just takes everything back to a vivid view of what it used to be like," Orvis said.

Notable

The 2016 class also includes Marlin Briscoe, a quarterback from Nebraska-Omaha from 1964-67. Briscoe was a rookie with the Denver Broncos in 1968 and became the first black starting quarterback in the NFL that season. He started five games that year, but was released after the season. ... Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman Trophy with Colorado in 1994, was on the ballot this year but did not receive election.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.