BOULDER - Two former CU football players, Jeremy Bloom and Sean Tufts, were both included on Forbes inaugural "30 Under 30" list. The list tracks 12 different fields and finds 30 people under the age of 30 who are already making a difference in each of those industries. Bloom was featured in the Technology list, while Tufts was featured under Energy.
Tufts, 29, earned the distinction from Forbes for his work developing wind projects with RES Americas. After an injury cut short his career in the NFL, Tufts moved into the energy sector by creating his own company, Wind Resource Partners, in Denver in 2007. He was at the helm of Wind Resource Partners for three years while also earning his MBA degree from CU's Leeds School of Business.
Upon graduating in 2010, Tufts sold his interest in Wind Resource Partners and was hired to be a part of RES Americas' "Emerging Renewables" team. With RES Americas, Tufts develops wind and solar energy projects from coast to coast in North America.
"It feels like draft day again," Tufts said, comparing the honor bestowed upon him by Forbes to his being drafted in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers in 2004. "Obviously it's a big honor, but a bigger challenge. Living up to this list is daunting."
Originally from Englewood, Colo., where he prepped at Cherry Creek, Tufts played linebacker for the Buffs from 2000-03, lettering all four seasons. As a captain in his senior season in 2003, Tufts finished second on the team with 95 tackles and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by both the Associated Press and the league coaches. While at CU some of Tufts' best performances came against rival Nebraska, recording a career-high 15 tackles against the Huskers in 2003, in addition to nine tackles in 2002 and 11 tackles in 2001. Tufts' sack of Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch on the Buffs' first defensive play from scrimmage in the 2001 game set the tone for the Buffs' 62-36 victory en route to the Big 12 Championship.
Tufts played two seasons in the NFL with Carolina before he damaged his knee and underwent surgery bringing his football career to an end. He then came back to Colorado and started his company. While earning his MBA at CU, Tufts also returned to the Folsom Field turf, serving as a Ralphie runner for the 2009 and 2010 football seasons. By doing so he became the first former CU football player to join the Ralphie Runners team.
Bloom, 29, made the list for being a co-founder of Integrate, a multi-channel advertising marketplace that applies new technology to streamline the media buying and selling process. Integrate is used by Microsoft and Yahoo, among others.
Bloom, a native of Loveland, Colo., who prepped at Loveland High School, played wide receiver and returned kicks for CU during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In just two seasons as a Buff, Bloom had five career plays of 75 yards or longer (two receptions, two punt returns, one kickoff return), tied with Byron White for the second most in school history, and just one behind the leader (Ben Kelly with six). In his first collegiate touch Bloom returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown against Colorado State in 2002, and later that season caught a 94-yard touchdown against Kansas State (the longest pass play in school history) for his first career reception.
A former member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, Bloom's career at CU was cut short because the NCAA did not allow him to accept endorsement money to fund his ski training. The 2004-05 World Cup Moguls champion, he participated twice in the Winter Olympics, finishing ninth in the event at the 2002 games at Salt Lake City and sixth in the 2006 games at Turin, Italy. Bloom then returned to football playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2006, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.
In addition to his work with Integrate, in 2008 Bloom established Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that works to grant the wish of senior citizens who have always wanted to do or experience something but have not yet been able to.