The University of Colorado football program was presented with their 2016 Pac-12 South Division championship rings Friday in the Petry & Harrington Family Auditorium on the third floor of CU's Champions Center.
The rings are a reward presented to the student-athletes, coaching staff and support staff. With a 8-1 league record, Colorado won the Pac-12 South Division to make its first Pac-12 Championship game appearance before going on to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl. CU finished the year with a 10-4 record, the eighth 10-win season in program history and first since 2001.
CU head coach Mike MacIntyre had the entire program then open up the boxes with their rings at the same time.
"From the bottom of my heart, from the deepest part of my soul, I thank everybody in here," MacIntyre told the room filled with players, coaches and support staff. "Everybody in here is getting a ring and people associated with this program have made your dreams and my dreams come true."
A number of seniors off the 2016 team returned for the ring celebration, including 2017 NFL draft picks Chidobe Awuzie, Jordan Carrell and Ahkello Witherspoon.
"I always wanted a ring. In high school we came up short, the first few years in college we came up short, but it is so gratifying to get one now," Awuzie said. "Coming back here to Colorado to see all my best friends, my teammates I grinded so hard with, it's looking pretty. I love having this ring and it is a symbol of all the work we put in these last four years."