Hall’s in­duc­tion call for Orvis “a to­tal sur­prise”

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

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.

As­so­ci­ated Press file

All- Amer­ica de­fen­sive end Herb Orvis makes a tackle against Hous­ton in the 1971 Blue­bon­net Bowl, his last game with the Buf­faloes.

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