BOULDER — Jim Hansen, a University of Colorado football letterman and Rhodes Scholar, is one of six former college athletes who will receive the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, the organization announced Thursday.
The award is in recognition of their collegiate and professional achievements, and annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The recipients are selected by representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes. Hansen is the first former CU student-athlete to be recognized.
Hansen lettered four years at Colorado (1989-92), was a three-time Academic All-American, earned first-team All-Big Eight honors at offensive guard his senior season, and was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was the recipient of the Draddy Award (since renamed for William Campbell), which is widely considered as the "academic" Heisman.
"It's a wonderful honor, and I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with some amazing people," Hansen said. "While at the University of Colorado, I was fortunate to have excellent mentors and support, both athletically and academically as well as in the broader community.