The next round of candidates for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame has been released, and three of the prime offensive contributors from the Colorado Buffaloes’ glory years are in the mix.
On Monday, the National Football Foundation released its initial ballot for the 2020 induction class, and the list of 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision includes three former Buffaloes standouts in running backs Eric Bieniemy and Rashaan Salaam, in addition to receiver Michael Westbrook.
The class will not be announced until early January ahead of the College Football Playoff.
Bieniemy, the running back for CU’s 1990 national championship team, was a unanimous first team All-American selection in 1990 and finished third Heisman Trophy voting that season. Bieniemy remains CU’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,940) and rushing touchdowns (41), while his 1,628 yards in 1990 remains the third-best single-season total in team history.
Salaam won what remains CU’s only Heisman Trophy in 1994, setting single-season records that still stand for rushing yards (2,065) and touchdowns (24). He ranks fourth on CU’s all-time rushing list (3,057) and he punctuated his Heisman campaign with a 317-yard performance on Oct. 1, 1994 at Texas.
Westbrook will forever hold a place in CU lore as the recipient of the “Miracle in Michigan” Hail Mary as time expired that gave the Buffs a victory at Michigan in 1994. He left CU as the program’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,548) and receptions (167) and remains in the top four in both categories.
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Other players on the ballot with local ties include Ernie Jennings, a 1970 All-American receiver at Air Force, and former Denver Broncos stars Ed McCaffrey and Al Wilson.