The 11 Buffaloes inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday. This is the 14th class in the hall of fame’s history:
Years at CU: 1972-75
Notable: First-team All-American in 1975 by the Sporting News. … Selected to CU’s All-Century team in 1989. … Played in the 1976 Hula Bowl with the Buffs. … First-round pick (12th overall) of the New England Patriots in 1976. He played 12 seasons in the NFL and started at center in Super Bowl XX. … Brother, Stan, was inducted into the CU Hall of Fame in 2017.
Sports: Football, basketball, baseball
Years at CU: 1923-26
Notable: Earned 11 varsity letters and was a three-sport captain as one of the first true athletic superstars at CU. … Earned national recognition as one of the first “jump passers” in football. … Helped CU to a 7-0-1 regular season record in 1924 and the Buffs went 23-4-1 during his years. … Played guard in basketball and shortstop in baseball. … Named to CU’s All-Century team in 1989. … In 1960, he was nominated as the U.S. District Judge for the state of Colorado by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Sport: Men’s basketball
Years at CU: 1963-66
Notable: Two-time first-team All-Big Eight Conference at center. … In 1965-66, he averaged 20.2 points per game, which still ranks as the 10th-best single-season average in program history. That year, he led the Big Eight in scoring during conference games, while finishing second in rebounding (9.8) and field goal percentage (52.4). … Played one year professional, for the Denver Rockets, in 1967-68.
Years at CU: 1998-2001
Notable: Just the sixth unanimous first-team All-American in CU history in 2001, while also earning All-Big 12 honors. … Won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end. … As a senior, he caught 51 passes for 753 yards and six touchdowns; was second nationally in receptions for a tight end, but first in yards and touchdowns. … First-round draft pick of the New England Patriots (21st overall) in 2002. … Won Super Bowl titles with the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. … During 11-year NFL career, also played with the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints.
Years at CU: 1974-76
Notable: Two-time first-team All-Big Eight, and an honorable mention All-American as a junior. … Had a career record of 18-8 with a 2.98 ERA. … Won three letters as a pitcher for the Buffs. … Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds coming out Fairview High School in 1973, but went to CU instead. The Reds drafted him again in 1976 (31st round) and he turned pro. … Played 15 major league seasons with seven different teams. … A three-time All-Star, he’s the only former Buff with a World Series ring, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to the title in 1988.
Sport: Football & administration
Years at CU: 1965-67, 1982-2001, 2010-18
Notable: As payer in the 1960s, he was a three-year starter at middle guard on teams that went 22-7-2. … Team captain as a senior in 1967. … Named assistant athletic director in 1988 and coordinated fund raising for the Dal Ward Center. … Recently finished his ninth and final year as a director of development for the Buff Club.
Sport: Football player and coach
Years at CU: 1963-73
Notable: First-team all-Big Eight as a linebacker as a senior in 1965. … Academic All-American and All-Big Eight, becoming just the second Buff to earn the athletic and academic double honor. … Named co-MVP of the team as a senior. … Honorable mention for CU’s All-Century team. … Started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CU and then as full-time linebackers coach in 1968. … Was defensive coordinator for four different NFL teams.
Years at CU: 1991-94
Notable: Second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Eight in 1994. … Big Eight Conference all-time leader in total offense (7,770 yards). … Still ranks top four in CU history in total offense and passing yards. … Had the best record as a starting quarterback (27-5-1, .833) in CU history. … MVP of the 1995 Fiesta Bowl. … Second round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995. … Played 11 seasons in the NFL, including eight with the Steelers. Also played for the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens.
Sport: Track & field
Years at CU: 1984-87
Notable: Two-time all-American (indoor 55-meter hurdles and outdoor 100-meter hurdles). … Qualified for the NCAA championships four times. … Two-time Big Eight Conference champion. … Qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials three times. … 1992 USA Indoor National Team Silver medalist. … Worked as an assistant coach at CU from 1999-2002.
Sport: Men’s basketball
Years at CU: 1965-68
Notable: Three-year letterman at guard. … Known for passing, driving to the hoop and defense. … Honorable mention all-Big Eight as a senior. … Second on the team in scoring (18.0 points per game) and posted 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior. … Sixth round draft choice of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in 1968, but began his pro career in the American Basketball Association. … Two-time ABA All-Star. … Also a member of the Denver East High School and Colorado High School Sports halls of fame.
Years at CU: 2005-08
Notable: Three-time national champion (slalom in 2006, slalom and giant slalom in 2008). … Seven-time first-team All-American. … Helped Buffs win 2006 NCAA championship. … Two-time Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association women’s alpine skier of the year. … Her 16 career wins are third in CU history and her 34 podium finishes are tied for the most by a female in CU history. … CU’s female athlete of the year as a sophomore in 2005-06.