12 Athletes Named To University Of Colorado Athletic Hall Of Fame

BERKELEY CA - SEPTEMBER 11: David Bakhtiari #59 of the Colorado Buffaloes looks on against of the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on September 11 2010 in Berkeley California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The University of Colorado will induct 12 new names into its Athletic Hall of Fame on November 15.

The University of Colorado will induct 12 new names into its Athletic Hall of Fame on November 15 of this year, as the school announced on Thursday. It's the ninth class of athletes to be added to the Hall since it was opened in 1998, and it's also the single largest class to ever be inducted.

Here's the full list of athletes, with their sport in parentheses: Frank Bernardi (football/baseball), Alan Culpepper (cross country and track), Mary Decker-Slaney (cross country and track), Boyd Dowler (football), Joe Garten (football), Jack Harvey (basketball), Steve Jones (golf), Leason McCloud (basketball), Vidar Nilsgard (skiing), Matt Russell (football), Rashaan Salaam (football) and Larry Zimmer (announcer).

Salaam is arguably the most notable name there given his status as the school's lone winner of the Heisman Trophy. In 1994, Salaam led the nation in rushing yards, touchdowns and all-purpose yards per game while leading the Buffaloes to a 11-1 record.

Russell is another legendary Buffaloes football player from the 1990's, a consensus first-team All American in 1996 and winner of the Dick Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker. He's now the director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos.

The inductees were decided by a seven-member committee after 25 possible names were chosen by a selection committee. Zimmer, the school's basketball and football announcer since 1971, is the first person to be inducted into the Hall that isn't a former athlete, coach or administrator.

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