Windsor High School graduate Greg Myers will be inducted into the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame in New York City on Tuesday night.
The 2012 class will be inducted at the 55th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Myers and the rest of the class will be guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the All-State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2013, and officially enshrined in the summer of 2013.
Myers, a 1991 Windsor graduate who is a board-certified anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, was a two-time All-American safety at Colorado State University and a 1996 fifth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Myers is one of 14 players named to the 2012 class, including Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Ty Detmer (BYU) and Pro Football Hall of Famers tight end Dave Casper (Notre Dame) and wide receiver Art Monk (Syracuse). Also giving the class a Colorado flavor were the selections of Colorado guard John Wooten (1956-58) and Air Force Academy safety Scott Thomas (1982-85).
Myers will join such NFL legends as John Elway, Floyd Little, Walter Payton, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Gale Sayers, Jim Thorpe, Joe Greene, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown, Reggie White, Dick Butkus, Earl Campbell and Mike Ditka in the Hall of Fame.
Originally, Myers was one of 76 former players and eight coaches named to the 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction. Getting into the College Football Hall of Fame isn’t easy. The only way a player can be named to the College Football Hall of Fame is to be a first-team All American.
“When you look at the 70-something people that were on the initial ballot, I was kind of awestruck and humbled just to even be nominated for that,” Myers told Windsor Now in May. “It is about how well you do in college. There are so many great football players that never receive that honor. We all know there’s a lot of people that were great college athletes that weren’t first-team All-Americans. I looked at the criteria and didn’t realize how stringent it was.”
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson, who coached Miami and Oklahoma State in college before going to the NFL, was one of three coaches named to the Hall of Fame.
Myers, the winner of the 1995 Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the country his senior year, and the Honda Scholar Athlete of the Year. He joins Thurman “Fum” McGraw and former head football coach Earle Bruce in the Hall of Fame representing CSU.
Myers graduated from CSU with a 3.87 grade-point average while majoring in biological science and minoring in anatomy. Myers intercepted 15 passes during his CSU career and helped lead the Rams to a pair of league championships in 1994-95, as well as two straight Holiday Bowl berths.
He was the first player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors in four straight years.
“It says a lot about CSU, and it says a lot about the people I was around, the players I was around, the staff, the coaches. It brings back a lot of memories,” Myers said. “It’s just humbling. It’s just exciting.”
Myers lives in Morrison with his wife, Kara, and their daughter, Avery, and son, Dagan. He was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, and was also inducted this year in the Colorado Sport Hall of Fame and Windsor High School Athletics Hall of Fame.