BOULDER - Through the years, the University of Colorado athletic department has received feedback from alumni and letterwinners alike about coming up with ways to recognize those teams and students prior to the last quarter century.
As it often goes everywhere, the more recent accomplishments usually come to mind, with those who toiled decades ago sometimes forgotten. This Saturday against Wyoming, CU will pay homage to an era that first put the school on the national football map: the 1930s.
The football team will don the jersey of that era, gold in color with black numbers, along with silver pants. That decade, CU had two players lead the nation in rushing, Kayo Lam (1935) and Byron White (1937); White led the country in several categories that 1937 season and was named the school's first All-American in football. The field will also be reminiscent of how it appeared over 50 years ago, especially in the lettering and the end zone design.
In 1998 against Baylor, CU honored the past but the jersey produced for the game really didn't resemble anything the team had ever worn before. That's not the case this time around.
This year also marks the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of the city of Boulder and the field will be marked to acknowledge so. At halftime, the university will salute several former members of the Board of Regents; courtesy of long-time university friend and supporter, Stephen Tebo, those regents who will return to campus will be shuttled around the field in one of Tebo's vintage classic cars from his personal collection.
To close the halftime ceremonies will be a salute to senior Jenny Barringer, likely the most celebrated female student-athlete in school history. She will be presented with her award for being selected as the Honda Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The concept was coordinated with NIKE, which designed and produced the special uniforms, which were provided to the university as a part of NIKE's annual support package. The throwback jersey is currently for sale on-line at CUBuffs.com/store, the CU Bookstore and other local retail outlets.