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Some absolute great players have come through Colorado during my lifetime, too many to name here but below are a few that stand out from my era.
LB Jordon Dizon - Absolutely loved watching him play and tracking his story. Not the most physically imposing player but boy was he productive. Linebacker coach Brian Cabral, who has mentored some good ones, called Dizon the most complete every down player he has ever coached. That's saying a lot. Many thought he would be a defensive back coming into college but he started at linebacker as a freshman and never looked back. He was a 2007 All American, 2007 All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and bottom line, one heck of a football player.
QB Kordell Stewart - He is going to be on a lot of people's lists. When he was playing at Colorado, I was 10 and 11 years old. He was the guy that you always tried to emulate in the park playing pick up football. Just a special talent that won a lot of ball games and was on the throwing end of Colorado's great play - "The Miracle at Michigan."
RB Chris Brown/RB Bobby Purify - I always think of these two as a combo just because I remember how nasty they were in 2001-2002 against Colorado State and Nebraska. Chris Brown ran for 6 touchdowns against the Cornhuskers in the 62-36 game while Purify proved to be just as much of a load for the defense. These two made the Buffs offense go the year they went to the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon.
LB Jashon Sykes - I can still hear the PA system when Sykes made a tackle - JAY SHON SYKES on the tackle. He finished his career 10th all-time in tackles (330). Great Buff, now works on the staff up in Boulder.
KR Roman Hollowell/CB-KR Ben Kelly - Electric players who made special teams fun for a fan. Would love to have someone back there now like these two returning kicks and punts. Small in stature but both made some big plays and were absolute fan favorites.
K Mason Crosby - for the same reason I have Hollowell and Kelly on my list, I have Crosby. He annihilated the ball when he kicked (remember the sound of the ball you could hear from the stands?) and his skills are obviously unquestioned. He is still playing for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL and is considered one of the best kickers in the league.
Those are a few of my favorite Buffs, what about yours?