LARAMIE -- No other state has been more of a recruiting hotbed for the University of Wyoming than Colorado.

This list will prove that.

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Numerous UW Hall of Famers, NFL stars and program record holders began their football journey in that square to the south. The Cowboys' top rival, Colorado State, overlooked plenty of these guys. So did CU. Air Force even whiffed a time or two.

Some just flat out picked Laramie over Fort Collins, Boulder and Colorado Springs.

This summer, with the help of some longtime Wyoming football followers, we will count down the Top 25 Colorado products in program history. As always, what these guys did in professional football doesn't matter. This is all about production in Laramie.



No. 14 - Gerald Abraham

Running back, 1984-87, Denver, Colorado


Résumé in Laramie

Gerald Abraham, who was enshrined in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame last fall, is still eighth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,278 yards. He was No. 1 in that category until Ryan Christopherson came around. In 1987, the Denver product rolled up 1,305 yards on the ground, including 13 touchdowns, while leading the Cowboys to a WAC championship and a berth in the Holiday Bowl. Abraham was named a first-team all-conference performer that season. That is still the fifth-best single-season output in the record books. Abraham scored 17 touchdowns in his career and averaged five yards per carry. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound ball carrier played for the Broncos, Eagles and Chiefs despite not being selected in the 1988 NFL Draft.


About Denver

The state capital and most-populous city in Colorado, the Denver Metro Area is home to nearly 3 million residents. The city itself is estimated at around 715,000. Sitting in the shadows of the nearby Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City is the 17th most-populous area in the United States and the fifth largest capital city.


Pokes Football: Best of Colorado series:

No. 25

No. 24

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No. 15


Pokes Football: Best of Wyoming series


(Cody Tucker and Jared Newland both work for Townsquare Media, which owns Kevin McKinney has been a color commentator of Cowboy football for five decades. Ryan Thorburn now works for the University of Wyoming in a sports information role after spending decades in the newspaper industry, most recently at the Casper Star-Tribune. Sally Ann Shurmur, the daughter of former UW football coach Fritz Shurmur, is also a veteran of the newspaper industry, working as a journalist, columnist at the CST for 43 years. She currently writes for Cowboy State Daily.)

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

Gallery Credit:

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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