CSU legend Myers earns place on College Hall of Fame ballot

Feb. 28, 2012

Official NFF release and full list of candidates

By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations

DALLAS, Texas – Former Jim Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers, a two-time All-American at Colorado State, is a candidate for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation made the announcement Tuesday.

Dr. Myers, now an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center, is one of 76 former players and eight coaches on the 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision ballot. Colorado State’s football program has two individuals in the Hall of Fame, consensus All-American Fum McGraw and former head coach Earle Bruce.

Recruited by Bruce out of Windsor, Colo., Myers (1995) joined McGraw (1949) as one of three consensus All-Americans in Colorado State annals, along with Mike Bell (1978). That season, Myers garnered first-team honors from the Associated Press, United Press International, Walter Camp Foundation and the Sporting News. The year before, as a junior, the Football Writers, Sporting News and Scripps-Howard listed him on their All-America teams.

The first player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors in four consecutive years (1992-95), Myers actually earned seven all-conference certificates, including his efforts as a deadly punt returner.  A technician for Head Coach Sonny Lubick, Myers led the nation in 1995 with three punt-return touchdowns and 555 punt-return yards.

A two-time Thorpe finalist (1994-95), Myers capped his incredible career by winning the 1995 honor as the nation’s best defensive back. He picked off 15 passes in a CSU uniform.

Myers, a member of the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame (2001) and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (2012), was selected in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played for both the Bengals and Dallas Cowboys during a five-year NFL career.

In Fort Collins, he led the Rams to a pair of league championships (1994-95) and consecutive Holiday Bowl berths. During Myers’ junior season, CSU appeared in the national rankings for 13 weeks, including the highest ranking in program history, No. 10 over the last five polls of the regular season prior to a loss to Michigan. The Rams finished No. 14 in the final 1994 rankings.

The 1995 Honda Scholar Athlete of the Year, he received a prestigious post graduate scholarship from the NCAA as a 1995 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. Additionally, Myers appeared both in 1994 and 1995 on the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America team.

Myers earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, with a minor in anatomy, from Colorado State in 1996. He received his M.D. in 2006.

Off the field, Myers currently is involved in academics as an assistant professor, teaching at Denver Health Medical Center. During his NFL career, he worked with Shriners Hospitals, making multiple appearances (approximately once every two weeks) in the Cincinnati area. He also made several appearances at inner-city schools, and participated in Doug Pelfrey’s Kicks for Kids. From 1994-96, he was a member of the Groupsmart Community Outreach Program, and also sponsored the “Greg Myers Scholarship Golf Tournament” to raise money for a student-athlete from his alma mater, Windsor High School, to attend Colorado State University.

“I’ve had the great opportunity to coach two Hall of Famers, Russell Maryland (College Hall of Fame), and Cortez Kennedy (Pro Football Hall of Fame), and Greg Myers when I was fortunate to coach him here at CSU his last three years was every bit as good.

“I really have the same impressions of him now that I had of him at the time he played. He is a wonderful person. He always wanted to be a doctor, and he was just a terrific student. He also was a quiet team leader that led by example. He was very special, not just as a person or a player, but in the classroom. He played in the NFL and now he’s an anesthesiologist. He had tremendous character, and now 20 years later, he hasn’t changed.

“I still remember being in Oklahoma City and seeing him accept that Thorpe Award. In three years with our football team, we never lost to Air Force, and he had the difficult assignment of playing the quarterback on every play. Those are some of the little things that stick out in my mind about him.

“He stands the test of time. We had some excellent defensive football players back then, and Greg’s accomplishments were very difficult to match, both on and off the field. I worked in the secondary during those days, and I loved his attitude, his personality. He always came to work. Any employer would love to have him, then or now. He was so optimistic and so coachable. Sometimes, as a player gets older, he becomes a challenge to coach, but not Greg. He was always the same, always trying to get better. And when he was here playing, we probably didn’t realize just how good he really was. He was an extremely gifted athlete.

“One summer, I remember, I believe it was after his sophomore year, while all the other players were enjoying their time off because we didn’t really have players in summer school back then, he was taking a five-credit class. That told me something about him. While the other players were relaxing, he was taking one of the toughest classes for his curriculum. He was a special young man. He played in the NFL but his dream was to be a doctor. He took a different road to get there, with some different turns, but he accomplished what he set out to do as a freshman.

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

The field and the induction process
More than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers will receive the ballot this week. The NFF’s Honors Court takes those votes and then deliberates and selects the class.

The ballot was mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC commissioner and NCAA president, the 14-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

The FBS Hall of Fame class will be announced in New York City May 15, and inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2012, at the city’s landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Named first-team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for its consensus All-America teams;
  • Played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior;
  • Played within the last 50 years and not currently playing professional football.

Eligible coaches must meet the following criteria:

  • Coached a minimum 10 years and 100 games as a head coach;
  • Won at least 60 percent of their games;
  • Retired from coaching for at least three years (if a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period; if he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach, and in both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed).

Myers and his wife, Kara, and their children Avery and Dagan, make their home in Morrison, Colo.