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Colorado’s Dave Plati to be honored with lifetime achievement award

The longtime Buffs SID will be honored with the FWAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

NCAA Football: Utah at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime University of Colorado Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director David Plati will be honored with the FWAA’s Lifetime Achievement award. Plati has been a staple of CU’s sports information office for the past 41-plus years.

From Bill McCartney to Mel Tucker, he’s attended and worked well over 400 football games, including 410 straight from November 19, 1983 to October 7, 2017. “What does it all mean?” Plati wrote about the streak. “Was I either too dumb to leave or did no one ever want to hire me? Truth is, I got my dream job when I was 24 and even though we’ve had some rough times to endure at CU, the bad has never come close to outweighing the good.”

Here’s are some reactions to the news of Plati’s prestigious honor:

Darrin Chiaverini, CU’s Recruting Coordinator/Wide Receivers coach

Bobby Pesavento, Former CU Quarterback

Steve Fink, Asst. AD/ Communications and PR at University of South Carolina

Herb Vincent, SEC Associate Commissioner

Plati, 58, became the youngest SID in the nation when he was named the 13th full-time sports information director on July 24, 1984. Nearly four years later, he was promoted to assistant athletic director for media relations and later attained associate athletic director status in 2005.

During Plati’s tenure, CU’s sports information office has been honored eight different times by the Football Writers Association of America, three times for outstanding press box operation and five times with the FWAA’s Super 11 Award, which annually recognizes the top-11 sports information departments in the country.

Plati will receive the FWAA’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, December 7 during the FWAA’s Awards breakfast prior to the CFP National Championship game. From all of us at the, thanks David for all you do. You are truly one of the best in the business and congratulations on this prestigious honor.