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Sports / Recreation

Ex-Ram Myers makes Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

October 19, 2011
By Tony Phifer

Greg Myers established himself as one of the finest student-athletes in CSU history during his stellar career.

Greg Myers, a Fort Collins native who went on to star at nearby Windsor High School before coming to CSU, won the 1995 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.Greg Myers, one of the greatest players in CSU football history, has been voted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Myers will be joined in the Class of 2012 by former Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg, Colorado Rapids standout Marcelo Balboa, longtime basketball coach Frank Carbajal, golf official Will Nicholson Jr., and former basketball standout Glenn Gondrezick. They will be officially inducted at the 48th annual Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, set for April 10 in Denver.

Thorpe Award winner made history

A safety who helped the Rams end a 40-year championship drought and went on to become the first and only major individual award winner in CSU history, Myers starred for the Rams from 1992-95. He was the first player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors four times, and he remains CSU’s career leader in punt return yards and tied for third with 14 interceptions.

Myers was at his best as a junior and senior, helping the Rams win their first WAC title in 1994 and leading them to a berth in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan. The Rams repeated as WAC champions in 1995 and played Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl.

Excelled on field, in classroom

Myers, a Fort Collins native who graduated from Windsor High School, was a first-team All-American both seasons, and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back in 1995. An outstanding student, he was also named the Honda Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned a post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

After being drafted in the fifth round in 1996 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Myers played five NFL seasons with the Bengals and Dallas Cowboys before retiring and pursuing a career in medicine. He works as an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center. He was inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Rams well-represented in state hall of fame

Myers is one of several former CSU football players and coaches selected for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Keli McGregor, Fum McGraw, Jack Christiansen, Sonny Lubick, Harry Hughes, Bob Davis, Gary Glick and several others.