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Sports / Recreation

Former Ram Myers elected to college hall of fame

May 18, 2012
By Tony Phifer

Greg Myers, one of the greatest student-athletes in CSU history, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Former CSU great Greg Myers joined very select company when he was elected to the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame.

Not only is Myers just the second Ram to earn the prestigious honor, joining legendary “Thurman “Fum” McGraw, less than 1 percent of all college football players make the Hall of Fame.

“This is just a huge honor, and it says a lot about CSU and the players and coaches I was around,” Myers said. “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.”

Greg Myers, a four-time all-WAC safety, is now part of four halls of fame.Myers and 13 other players and three coaches will be officially inducted Dec. 4 in ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Myers, who grew up in Fort Collins and graduated from Windsor High School, had a storied career as a safety and return specialist for the Rams from 1992-95. He was a two-time All-American and one of just three consensus All-Americans in CSU history.

Four-time all-WAC

A 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, he was a four-year starter and remains the only player in Western Athletic Conference history to be named first-team all-conference four consecutive years. He finished his career with 15 interceptions, and in 1995 earned the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back.

In addition to his skills as a defensive back, Myers was the finest punt returner in the country in 1995, leading the nation with 555 return yards and three touchdowns. He was all-conference three times on special teams.

Standout student

While his athletic skills were remarkable, Myers was equally adept in the classroom, where he earned a degree in biological sciences with a minor in anatomy. He was a two-time academic All-American, and capped his brilliant student-athlete career by being named the Honda Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1995. His academic prowess helped him pursue hsi dream of becoming a doctor.

On the field, Myers led one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football history, helping transform a downtrodden program into a consistent winner under Sonny Lubick, who coached Myers his final three seasons. The Rams won WAC titles in 1994 and ’95, playing in the Holiday Bowl both years. Prior to that, CSU had not won a conference title in nearly 40 years and had played in just two bowl games in its history.

Myers went on to play five season in the NFL before returning to medical school.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him – all of CSU should be proud of Greg Myers,” Lubick said. “He’s very, very deserving of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.”

One man, four halls

Remarkably, this is Myers’ fourth hall of fame honor. He’s also a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the CSU Sports Hall of Fame and the Windsor High School Hall of Fame.

Myers is an anesthesiologist and assistant professor at Denver Health Medical Center. He and his wife, Kara, live with their two children in Morrison.