CU football: Buffs great Darian Hagan to serve as grand marshal

  • Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer

    Former CU quarterback Darian Hagan will serve as grand marshal for the homecoming parade on Friday night.

  • Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer

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During the past 25-plus years, Darian Hagan has taken pride in every role he’s played at the University of Colorado.

This one is special, though.

On Friday, the former CU quarterback will serve as grand marshal for the homecoming parade, which begins at 7 p.m. on the west end of Pearl Street.

“It means a lot,” said Hagan, who quarterbacked the Buffs to their only football national title in 1990. “To be privileged to be the grand marshal at the University of Colorado 25 years after I played and participated in football here, it’s a tribute to me and a tribute to what I’ve done off the field.

“It means I’ve been a good person in the community, I’ve been a good citizen, I’ve been a good role model. I’m doing some good for the youth and people I serve on a daily basis.”

Currently CU’s director of player development, Hagan has also been an assistant coach for the Buffs. This is his 11th season on CU’s football staff.

With this being the 25th anniversary of CU’s national title, Hagan feels honored to represent all of his teammates from 1990 as well.

“I think every one of my teammates would have jumped at the opportunity to be grand marshal to represent the 1990 national championship team,” he said.

During the homecoming festivities, Hagan said his duties are basically to “shake hands and kiss babies.”

“I can handle that,” he said. “I’ll shake hands, I’ll smile and wave, and I’ll represent the University of Colorado and represent my former teammates with pride and passion.”

Notable

Another former CU quarterback, Cody Hawkins, joined the USA Football board of directors on Friday. Hawkins played at CU from 2007-10 and is the program’s all-time leading passer. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Westview High School in Oregon.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.