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William "Kayo" Lam
Football/Administration

  • First ever CU East-West Shrine Game All-Star
  • Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
  • Two-time Rocky Mountain Conference selection
  • Two-time National Rushing Leader

After moving south from Glenrock, Wyo., William "Kayo" Lam starred in football, track, cross country and wrestling in the 1930's. He arrived in Boulder as a 5-foot, 9-inch, 140-pound freshman, but by the time he was a senior he weighed in at 160 after having led the nation in rushing with 906 yards as a junior in 1934. He topped that figure with 1,043 in 1935, leading the country in all-around yardage with 2,225. He was the first CU athlete to play in a postseason all-star game (the East-West Shrine). He was a two-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference selection in football and also won the conference's 155-pound weight title in wrestling as a junior. After serving in World War II, he returned to Boulder where he would work the next 36 years at the University, from assistant dean of men and assistant football coach to assistant athletic director and business manager. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Lam passed away on April 23, 1993 at the age of 81.

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