DENVER (CBS4) – On 10th of July, Joel Dreessen, former Broncos and Colorado State University Rams tight end, received a call that moved him to tears.
“Joe Parker called me and I was moved to tears,” said Dreessen of the call from the CSU athletics director.
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“He said, ‘Hey, we’re doing a Hall of Fame this year and you’re one of the members we picked,’ and I was really touched. Just that that’s how they thought of me; I just feel incredibly honored. It was definitely a tearful moment. “
Dreessen, who grew up in Fort Morgan and played his college ball at the CSU, is one of five members of the CSU’s 30th Hall of Fame class, which will be honored on the weekend of September 10th and 11th.
“When something like this happens, you get really thoughtful,” Dreessen said in an interview with CBS4’s Michael Spencer.
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“So that I can listen to Sonny Lubick every day and be my role model on how to function as a man, I watched him work hard, he got up early, he stayed for a long time, how he shook hands and looked at people in their eyes, how he loved his wife. He was an amazing example of how to operate as a young man, and I’m so grateful to him that it is the first thing that comes to mind. “
During his time with the CSU, Dreessen won the first team awards at all conferences in 2002 and 2004, the second team at the conference in 2003 and helped the Rams to the 2002 Mountain West Conference Championship.
Dreessen and the rest of the Hall of Fame class are recognized on the field when Colorado State receives Vanderbilt for Ag Day.
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“It may be out there on the 50 yard line that waives my hand, but there will be so many other people who helped me along the way and who took care of me along the way. I am honored, but there are many others who will come in with me. “