It is most deserving that former Denver Broncos defensive end Alfred Williams has been selected for the 2010 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Alfred was one of those players who always played hard, always led others by his example, and truly loves his team and school.
He came to the University of Colorado from Houston, Texas, and had a great career with the Buffs. Alfred Williams is a member of that small class of players who can claim to have won a national championship (at CU, when the Buffs had that classic title game win over Notre Dame) and a Super Bowl title as well—and in Alfred’s case, it is even more unique in that he was a starter on back-to-back world championship teams, which very few players have even done.
He played at the University of Colorado from 1987-90 before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he began his pro career before returning to Colorado as a member of the Broncos.
No matter how great the player is, it is still a team game. And no matter how great the team is, the individual player still has to be good enough to make the team, earn a starting job and then keep that job while playing at the highest championship level.
So to be a college All-American defensive end, play on a national championship team, be a high draft choice in the NFL, and then start for consecutive world championship teams, you know you are talking about a first rate player.
That’s Alfred, and to top it off, he has continued to make Denver his home and shows real continuing passion for both the CU Buffs and the Denver Broncos. We are always proud of our alums, but it is truly special when the ex-player maintains his emotional ties with his teams as time goes by.
Alfred Williams has done that, and he will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at a December banquet in New York, with official enshrinement to come in the summer of 2011.
Congrats to a great Buff whom the Broncos were happy to adopt as one of our own as well.