Hall’s induction call for Orvis “a total surprise”
boulder » It’s been a long time since Herb Orvis played his last football game, but nearly four decades after hanging up his cleats, he can still remember the sound of the band, the fans in the stands and the whistle that signals the start of the game. “When the whistle blows, it’s a real exciting moment,” he said.
Friday brought another exciting moment for the former University Colorado star, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
“It was a total surprise,” Orvis, 69, said by phone fromhis home in Goodyear, Ariz. “To receive something like this late in life, you realize you have contributed and it reminds you of the other players that have contributed and probably should deserve this award.”
Orvis, a defensive end at CU from 1969- 71, is the eighth former Buff, including coach Bill McCartney, to earn election to the Hall of Fame. Along with McCartney, who was elected in 2013, Orvis joins Byron White ( inducted in 1952), Joe Romig ( 1984), Dick Anderson( 1993), Bobby Anderson ( 2006), Alfred Williams ( 2010) and John Wooten ( 2012).
Orvis was a 1971 All-American and a two- time
College Football Hall of Fame
Class of 2016 Bill Bowes, New Hamp. coach Marlin Briscoe, Neb. Omaha Derrick Brooks, Florida State Tom Cousineau, Ohio State Randall Cunningham, UNLV Troy Davis, Iowa State William Fuller, N. Carolina Frank Girardi, Lycoming coach Bert Jones, LSU Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin Pat McInally, Harvard Herb Orvis, Colorado Bill Royce, Ashland Mike Utley, Washington St. Scott Woerner, Georgia Rod Woodson, Purdue all- Big Eight Conference selection. Also, hewas named to the all- Big Eight team of the 1970s.
In 1972, Orvis was a firstround pick ( 16th overall) in the NFL draft, by the Detroit Lions. He played in the NFL from 1972- 81 with Detroit and the Baltimore Colts.
Orvis was inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. In 1989, he was named to CU’s allcentury team.
The College Football Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony is Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
“To be picked for this honor, it just takes everything back to a vivid view of what it used to be like,” Orvis said.
Footnote. The 2016 class also includes Marlin Briscoe, a quarterback who played for the Broncos as a rookie in 1968 and became the first black starting quarterback in modern pro football history.
All- America defensive end Herb Orvis makes a tackle against Houston in the 1971 Bluebonnet Bowl, his last game with the Buffaloes.