2017 Inductees

2017 Inductees

Never mind that 27-year old Maurice “Stringy” Ervin had never been the coach of a swim team. Forget, for that matter, that he’d never swam competitively atany point in his life. In 1968, when Littleton High School administrators offered the job of head boys swim coach to Ervin, who was known better at the school for being a standout in football, basketball and baseball, the proposition was mysterious at best. 

His blocks were described as “bone-crushing.” As a guard in Coach Dal Ward’s single-wing offense in the mid-1950’s at Colorado, he opened holes for such running backs as John “The Beast” Bayuk, Bob Stransky and Eddie Dove. In the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, he was the lead blocker for the great Jim Brown. 

Growing up in a home where dreams were encouraged and limitations were not in place provided Jeremy Bloom with an environment to thrive. When his endeavors were met with skepticism, he didn’t listen. He didn’t see barriers, just stepping stones. And when he dreamed, he went big. He played as many sports as he could, many at the same time, and excelled in all of them.

He was the Muhammad Ali, the Jack Nicklaus, the Pele of his sport — squash. Hashim Khan was the undisputed greatest squash player of all time. He won the British Open Squash Championships (then the de facto world championship) seven times, six straight from 1951 to 1956 and then again in 1958.

 

In April 26, 1995, in the first game ever played at Coors Field, the wet, cold marathon was approaching five hours. The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies were in the bottom of the 14th inning when outfielder Dante Bichette smacked a two-run, one-out, walk-off homer, lifting the Rockies to an 11-9 victory.

 

In March of 2004, the Denver Broncos traded away one of the NFL’s top running backs, Clinton Portis, to the Washington Redskins. In return, the Broncos received a good, young cornerback, Roland “Champ” Bailey. Many in Broncos country were bewildered by the move. Portis, an electric Pro Bowl running back, for a corner? Why? Well, it was quickly apparent.