Oct. 3, 2012
DALLAS, Texas – Colorado State University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Greg Myers with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Oct. 6 in Fort Collins, Colo., during the game between Colorado State and Fresno State. Coverage of the game will start at 5 p.m. MT on KTVD-20.
“This is just a huge honor, and it says a lot about CSU and the players and coaches I was around,” said Myers when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. “It’s an award I’ll be getting, but I definitely will be accepting it on behalf of CSU and everyone who was around me.”
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.
The winner of the 1995 Thorpe Award, Greg Myers claimed as many decorations off the field as he did for his stellar on-field performance. Myers played safety and returned punts for Colorado State from 1992-95.
“Greg Myers is a picture perfect example of what it means to be a student-athlete,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He was an incredible player on the field all four years he played for Colorado State, but his impact was even greater off the field of play. It will be a thrill to honor in front of the Colorado State faithful at Hughes Stadium.”
The first player in WAC history to earn All-WAC honors four times, Myers holds the league record with seven all-conference selections, four as a defensive back and three as a return specialist. A two-time First Team All-American, Myers led the NCAA with 555 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns his senior season. He also set the WAC record with 1,332 career punt return yards, and he posted Colorado State records with three punt return scores and a 15.9-yard average. As a defensive back, he totaled 295 tackles and 15 interceptions. Myers helped guide the Rams to back-to-back WAC titles and Holiday Bowl berths.
A 1995 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, he was also named the Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year that fall. Myers was named a two-time Academic All-American and a four-time Academic All-WAC honoree. The 1996 Nye Trophy recipient as CSU's most outstanding male athlete in academics, he was named to the NCAA Today's Top VIII. He earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1996 and a M.D. from the University of Colorado in 2006.
Myers becomes the second Colorado State player to be inducted, following 1981 inductee Thurman McGraw. One coach with a stop in Fort Collins is in the hall, 2002 inductee Earle Bruce.
Including the 2012 FBS class, only 918 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million people who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. This year’s hall of fame class includes: Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-556-1000.
The 2012 season marks the third season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.
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