Former Gator WR Carlos Alvarez officially inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
Carlos Alvarez, who played three seasons (1969-1971) for the Gators and finished with 172 receptions, 2,563 receiving and 19 touchdowns, was officially inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame Tuesday night in New York.
Alvarez and the rest of the 2012 class will be enshrined in July.
“I am Cuban-born and so grateful to my father for giving us this opportunity called the United States,” Alvarez said in a pre-ceremony press conference. “I am representing a whole bunch of people, family and coaches and have a heck of lot of people who helped get me here and a heck of a lot of heroes in my life. “
His 172 career receptions was a school record that held for 36 years. As a sophomore in 1969, Alvarez caught 88 passes for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns, all marks that sat atop the UF record books for over 20 years, and his 88 receptions is still tied for the most all-time.
After graduating from Florida, Alvarez was awarded an NCAA Merit Post-Graduate Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke Law School. He is now a practicing lawyer in Tallahassee. During his career, he has served on the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Claims Court, the Florida Elections Commission and the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. He was honored with the Jose Marti Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Cuban Community from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and was named the SMU School of Law’s Outstanding Professor in 1980. He has also received keys to the city from Miami and Tampa.
“What a tremendous honor for Carlos Alvarez and the University of Florida football family,’’ Floridaa coach Will Muschamp said. “Growing up a Gator fan, I was very aware of what Carlos accomplished, setting most of the receiving records in an era when you could only play three years and the seasons were only 11 games long. Carlos was equally successful in the classroom at UF and he has carried that success to his law practice.''
Alvarez joins five former UF players and eight overall members of the Florida football program as NFF College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Ray Graves (1960-69, inducted 1990) and Doug Dickey (1970-78, inducted 2003), Alvarez’s two head coaches. Two of those Gators earned the honor in the past six years; Emmitt Smith (1987-89, inducted 2006) and Wilber Marshall (1980-83, inducted 2008).
Other Gator Hall of Famers including players Dale Van Sickel (1927-29, inducted 1975), Steve Spurrier (1964-66, inducted 1986) and Jack Youngblood (1968-70, inducted 1992), and former UF Head Coach Charles Bachman (1928-32, inducted 1978).