Alvarez Inducted to CFB Hall of Fame

The Gators received their ninth College Football Hall of Fame member on Tuesday as former wide receiver Carlos Alvarez was inducted. Alvarez was one of 16 inductees selected from the ballot of 79. Florida has now received three inductees in the past five years, the most of any SEC school, as Alvarez joins Emmitt Smith in 2006 and Wilber Marshall in 2008.

Alvarez joins Dale Van Sickel, Steve Spurrier, Jack Youngblood, Smith and Marshall as players inducted, while Florida coaches Charles Bachman, Ray Graves and Doug Dickey are also members of the Hall of Fame.

"Congratulations to Carlos Alvarez for his induction into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame," said Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. "Carlos is a great example of all that is good in college athletics. His tireless work and commitment to excellence translated into success both on and off the field. He has maintained his level of commitment and success in his professional career as well. I've had the opportunity to see Carlos a number of times when he visits Gainesville and he remains a tremendous ambassador for our program. The honor is well deserved."

Alvarez finished his playing career as Florida's all-time leader in career receptions with 172 in only three seasons. He still holds the Gators' record for receptions in a single game, collecting 15 against Miami in 1969. Alvarez also still holds the school record for consecutive games with a reception at 25 and for all-time career receiving yards with 2,563.

He was a 15th-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys, but Alvarez chose not to play in the NFL after suffering a knee injury. Instead, he decided to continue his education at Duke University School of Law after receiving the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

"What a tremendous honor for Carlos Alvarez and the University of Florida football family," said head coach Will Muschamp. "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. I had the pleasure of talking to Carlos shortly after I got the job at Florida and despite all of his success - I remember how humble he remains. He is very proud to be a Gator and today all Gators should be proud of him."

Alvarez currently lives in Tallahassee where he is a lawyer specializing in environmental and land use law and alternative dispute resolution.

He will be honored at the National Football Foundation's 54th Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on December 6.

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