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Eric Bieniemy, Football

  • 1990 Unanimous All-American
  • 3rd in 1990 Heisman Trophy voting
  • Two-time All-Big Eight, 1990 Offensive Player of the Year
  • CU's all-time leading rusher

Eric Bieniemy was one of the first three unanimous All-Americans in CU history, when the seven NCAA recognized selectors all tabbed him on their first-team in 1990 (along with OG Joe Garten and OLB Alfred Williams that same year) ... He finished third in the Heisman voting that season, when he rushed for 1,628 yards as the starting tailback on CU's national championship team; that total was good for second in the nation (he lost out on the title by 16 yards) ... A two-time first-team All-Big Eight performer in 1988 and 1990, and was the conference's offensive player-of-the-year as a senior ... Named to CU's All-Century team, the only active member at the time who was selected ... Finished his career as CU's all-time leader rusher (3,940 yards), and was also tops in attempts (699), all-purpose yards (4,351) and scoring (254 points) and second in total offense (4,003) ... He remains CU's leader in rushing and all-purpose yards to this day, as he still holds over two dozen school records ... Also recorded a school-best to this day 22 100-yard rushing games, which included a pair of 200-yard efforts (217 at Missouri in 1990 and 211 versus Oregon State in 1988) ... Gutted out five fumbles in the first three quarters in the rain at Lincoln on Nov. 2, 1990, bouncing back with four fourth quarter touchdowns that rallied CU to a 27-12 win over Nebraska and put CU on the inside track for the '90 national title ... Also credited with one of the biggest moments in school history, when he single-handedly sparked a 29-22 comeback win at Texas six weeks before that Nebraska game: with CU trailing 19-14 and Texas poised to score another TD as the third quarter ended, he gathered up both the offense and the defense and his impassioned speech started CU on its way to a 29-22 win ... The first (and only) CU player to rush over 1,000 yards in two seasons ... A second round selection by San Diego in the 1991 NFL Draft (39th overall), and played nine seasons in the league (San Diego, 1991-94; Cincinnati 1995-98 and Philadelphia 1999 ... Had NFL career totals of 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing and 146 receptions for 1,223 yards receiving ... He coached running backs for two years for CU (2001-02) before moving on to UCLA for three years and then to professional rank with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 ... He was on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time this past spring.

 

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