The 11th class that will be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 5 will feature a diverse group of 11 Golden Buffalo legends who all left indelible marks while attending school and many who went on to great heights once their college days came to an end.
The 11, two of whom will be honored posthumously, represent nine different sports over a period that spans from the late 1930s to the middle of last decade, or touching upon eight decades in all. Included in the group are three of the most dominant players in the school’s basketball history – two men and one woman – the most valuable player of CU’s 1990 national championship football team, others with incredible individual accomplishments and two non-athletes that served the school well for a combined 62 years.
The 2015 class will be the second-largest inducted into the Hall since it was conceived in 1998, and the 11 will join 68 individuals (and the 1959 ski team) who have been enshrined to date (nine have been honored previously after their deaths).
Athletic director Rick George personally notified eight members of the upcoming class of their impending induction, as well as the next of kin for the two deceased inductees. “This is a great class, a diverse class across several sports, and all are excited and very honored to be included – some were even brought to tears and were real emotional when they got the news,” George said.