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Honoring Ram greats

September 2, 2011

Dear readers, here's a memorable story from the Ask Cam archives from Feb. 19, 2009. Enjoy!

Question:

There are not many jerseys that CSU has retired and only a few hang in Moby. Why hasn't CSU retired Patrick Durham's jersey? He is one of the few CSU basketball players to be named All-American and led CSU to two straight national tournaments.

Cam’s answer:

You’ve just brought back a flood of happy memories from those days for Ol’ Cam. I remember Pat leading our Rams, and CSU hosting NIT games in Moby Arena before packed crowds.

I ran into Pat in January when he came back to CSU for the first time in 20 years since completing his career here at CSU. Pat was the 35th overall NBA draft pick in1989. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and spent some time with both the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves. After that, he played in Europe for a while.

Pat is now retired and back in the states. The good folks at CSU Athletics are tight-lipped about who is on the short list for CSU’s Hall of Fame – but Pat left quite an impression when he was playing here (as evidenced by people still asking about him today), so I’m crossing my hooves that Pat gets the honor.

When it comes to retiring jersey numbers, CSU Athletics’ criteria states: an individual must have earned consensus first-team All-American honors, must have left the university in good academic and social standing, and represented the institution in postseason competition.

CSU currently has five retired jersey numbers:

• Fum McGraw, the school’s first first-team football All-American in 1948 & ’49, who played in the 1949 Raisin Bowl;
• Eddie Hanna, one of the first African-American stars who was McGraw’s teammate and passed away following a game;
• Sherri Danielson, volleyball first-team All-American and Olympian in 1984;
• Bill Green, CSU’s first, and to this point only, first-team All-American in basketball in 1962 & ’63;
• Becky Hammon (shown in photo), women’s basketball first-team All-American in 1999.

Bonus links: Hall of Fame and Hammon’s jersey ceremony

Keep on hoofin',
Cam