“The Pride And Tradition Of The Colorado Buffaloes Will Not Be Entrusted To The Timid Or The Weak”
This is the saying that is plastered on the walls in locker rooms and the meeting rooms inside the Dal Ward athletic center on the campus of the University of Colorado. Legendary football coach Bill McCartney conjured the mantra to describe what it means to be a Buff when he was coaching back in the glory days of Colorado football.
Before last Saturday, during one of the roughest times that the Colorado football program has ever seen, there was a lot of Buffs bashing locally and nationally. The mantra that McCartney once created for the program was needed now more than ever and it dawned on former player and current coach Jon Embree that his young players needed to know that. The tradition of Colorado football was lost on the new players so something needed to be done.
In stepped Colorado video coordinator Jamie Guy and John Snelson.
Monday morning after the Fresno State blowout Guy approached Embree with the idea of using former players to tell a roster full of young players “what it means to be a Buff” and “what singing the fight song means to them.”
Guy and Snelson quickly rounded up former players to express their feelings on what it means to be a Buff and about a dozen players answered the call. This video was the result.
The powerful video was presented to the team Friday night before their game against Washington State and needless to say it served its purpose. Colorado played inspired football and showed heart in their 17 point fourth quarter comeback and afterwards Guy and Snelson were presented game balls for their role in the victory.
Seeing the former players and the passion they felt for Colorado football and the way they felt about singing the fight song motivated the current Buffs to want to sing the fight song after their own victory.
As the Colorado players, coaches and staff belted out the fight song in the visiting locker rooms on Saturday they made sure that all of Buff nation could hear them. They also knew that Buff players from yesteryear were right there with them.
“Shoulder to shoulder we will fight, fight, fight fight fight.”