Former Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday in Denver along with five other inductees.
Hagan led the Buffs to their only national title in football in 1990, though he suffered a torn knee ligament in the championship game. He went 28-5-2 during his career as the Buffs' starter, leading CU to three straight Big Eight Conference titles 1989, 1990 and 1991. The Buffs went 20-0-1 in conference games with Hagan at the helm of a potent option offense.
"I had a lot of great moments, a lot of victories, a lot of big-time games playing against big-time opponents," Hagan said last fall when asked to choose his favorite moment from his playing career.
He went to say winning the national title, despite being hurt and unable to finish the game was his favorite. His favorite play was a pitch under pressure to Mike Pritchard in a 1990 game against Tennessee in Anaheim, Calif.
Hagan and the other members of the class were first told about the honor in October.
"Elated would be putting it mildly," Hagan said during a half-hour press conference that served as a walk down memory lane last fall.
Forrest "Frosty" Cox, former Denver Broncos running back Otis Armstrong, former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, former Colorado College football and hockey great Andy Gambucci and former Denver Post columnist Dorothy Mauk are Hagan's fellow inductees.
During the press conference last fall, Hagan said his proudest moment at CU came off the field when he received his degree. He went on to a career in private business after a brief stint in the NFL. He came back to CU in 2004 as an assistant coach and has worked in the football program since, either as an assistant coach or a member of the operations staff. Hagan is the director of player development under coach Mike MacIntyre.
Hagan is also a member of the Hall of Fame for Locke High School in Los Angeles. He said last fall that every kid who plays sports grows up wanting to achieve something like the hall of fame.
"I never thought it would come to fruition," he said at the time. "I'm overwhelmed by this announcement."
Cox coached the Buffs for 13 seasons (1936-1950) and led the Buffs to a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament as well as two championship game appearances in the NIT, the more prestigious tournament at the time.