Darian Hagan might be the best quarterback to ever put on a uniform at the University of Colorado.
On Tuesday, he was honored for the great memories he provided during his time at CU. Hagan was announced as one of six members of the Class of 2014 for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
"Elated would be putting it mildly," Hagan said with his trademark smile. "It's a privilege, it's an honor to be elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. I would dedicate it all to my former teammates. I had some good guys that I played along with. Pretty much all I had to do was hand the ball off or pitch it."
Hagan will go into the Hall of Fame with former CU basketball coach Forrest "Frosty" Cox, former Denver Broncos running back Otis Armstrong, former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, former Colorado College football and hockey great Andy Gambucci and former Denver Post columnist Dorothy Mauk.
The class will be honored at the 50th annual induction banquet on April 17 at the Denver Marriott City Center.
"Every kid and every person ... when you play sports, you want to be recognized for things that you accomplished," Hagan said. "I'm amazed, but when you play with great guys and you do some things that people get excited about, things happen for you."
Hagan, who went to Locke High School in Los Angeles, came to CU in 1988. He quarterbacked the Buffs to their only national championship in 1990.
Hagan went 28-5-2 as a starter for the Buffs, including 20-0-1 in Big Eight Conference play. He finished his career with 3,801 passing yards and 2,007 rushing yards.
"I had a lot of great moments -- a lot of victories, a lot of big-time games, playing against big-time opponents," he said. "Even though I didn't get an opportunity to finish, I would say (the best moment) was our national championship game the year we won it in 1990. Just the feeling of elation, knowing that we were No. 1 and being able to enjoy that moment with all my teammates, even though I was injured."
Hagan said the play fans remember most when they talk to him is the 70-yard pitch he made to J.J. Flannigan during a 1989 victory against Nebraska at Folsom Field. Hagan was 40 yards down field when he made the pitch.
His favorite play, he said, was a 78-yard option pitch to Mike Pritchard during a 1990 tie against Tennessee in the Pigskin Classic.
In 2002, Hagan was elected to the CU Athletic Hall of Fame. He said he is also a member of the hall of fame at Locke High School.