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Sports / Recreation

Harvey Achziger named to Sports Hall of Fame

November 13, 2012
by Enes Ozekin

The Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame honors former Ram and Aggie athletes, coaches and administrators for their achievements and contributions to the University. The banquet to commemorate these outstanding athletes was held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

The CSU Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Harvey Achziger, considered by many to be one of the best offensive linemen in CSU history.

Early life

Achziger lived in the farming community of Eaton, Colo. Known as a hard worker from a young age, he especially focused his efforts on two passions: agriculture and football. 

Achziger began playing football in grade school, and it quickly became a focal point of his life. “I loved football from an early age,” Achziger said. “But, while the game was my pastime, farming was my trade.”

Achziger grew up on his family’s farm, and his dreams in life were not only to become a professional football player, but also to own his own farm. Achziger opted to attend college at the only school in the state at the time that could make both his dreams a reality: Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University. “Attending Colorado A&M truly was an out-of-this-world experience; it added so many highlights to my life,” Achziger said. “The best part of my education is that it allowed me to study agriculture while continuing to play football.”

Two goals, fueling each other

Achziger loved all of his days at Colorado A&M and especially appreciated the unique opportunities his university gave him. 

He earned a scholarship to play football, which ensured that his passion for the sport and his drive for an education in agriculture would be met. Achziger says football was a different game when he played for Colorado State – at the time, football didn’t have its “platoon system” like it has now, meaning there weren’t separate offensive and defensive squads.

“It was a terrific experience playing both sides of the ball – both offense and defense,” Achziger said. “It was hard work, but it really gave me a feeling of accomplishment.”

In addition to his workload on the gridiron, Achziger made sure to maintain grades while working toward a degree in agriculture.

Soaring high

Achziger’s hard work paid off over his career: He was named a 3-year starter, two-time All Conference, and First Team All America. Achziger was also drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and later went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger Cats until a knee injury ended his career.

Reminiscing

Achziger still lives in Sumter, S.C., and spends his time working in the family business. Achziger says his proudest role is being a husband, father and grandfather. He and his wife, Mary Lou, have two children; Harvey, Jr. and Mary Kaye; and a granddaughter, McLean. He is a self-described “Weekend Warrior” – he loves to golf and watch football.

Achzinger says his advice to current Rams is to do your best, get good grades and stay in school. “Take advantage of any opportunities that come along, and work hard to meet your goals in life,” Achziger says.