It is a large and widely-decorated class of legends ready to take their place among the all-time greats at the University of Colorado.

On Monday, CU announced its athletics Hall of Fame class of 2016, a 12-person group whose achievements date back through about 70 years of the university's athletics history.

The 12-player class, who represent eight different sports, is the second-largest induction class since the Hall of Fame began in 1998.

Highlighting the group is former wide receiver Michael Westbrook, who was on the receiving end of one of college football's most memorable plays with his 64-yard touchdown reception from Kordell Stewart famously known as the "Miracle in Michigan." The two-time All-American left CU as the program's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, marks that stood until Nelson Spruce completed his re-write of the Buffaloes' record book last season.

Jerry Hillebrand, Bill Brundige, and one of Westbrook's former CU teammates, defensive back Chris Hudson, round out the football contingent from the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

Hillebrand was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference first team selection (1960-61), excelling as a receiver, defensive end and placekicker in an era when two-way players were the norm. Hillebrand also was CU's all-time leader in receiving yards when he graduated, and he also has a 54-yard field goal to his credit that set a school record and was the longest in the nation in 1961. Brundige was a havoc-wrecking pass rusher who earned first team All-American honors in 1969.


Hudson won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 1994, earning three straight first team All-Big Eight honors. Hudson remains in second-place among the Buffs' all-time leaders in interceptions with 15.

Colorado native Fran Munnelly is the first member of the CU soccer program to reach the school's Hall of Fame. Munnelly received four All-Big 12 first team honors while the Buffs' program rose to national prominence and scored CU's lone goal in a 1-0 league-tournament victory against Missouri in 2002 that marked the program's first postseason win.

Another pioneering female athlete will be inducted alongside Munnelly in Sara Slattery, one of the most decorated runners to pass through the roundly successful CU track and cross country programs. Slattery was a key figure on two national championship cross country teams and won two individual NCAA championships in track.

Rounding out the Buffs' 2016 Hall of Fame class are Shaun Vandiver, the Buffs' No. 5 all-time leading scorer in men's basketball; Ted Castaneda, a five-time All-American in track and cross country in the early 1970s; 1968 NCAA wrestling national champion at 177 pounds, Bob Justice; Bobby Kalinowski, one of just two CU golfers to win a pair of conference championships; Jim Miller, whose long list of accolades in track also landed the Palmer High School alum in the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2009; and the late Dale Atkins, a premier pitcher in the early 1940s.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be inducted in an on-campus ceremony on Nov. 17.

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